“The country ranked 57 out of 64 in OECD survey of ‘low performing’ teenagers.”
Two out of three Argentine teenagers are classified as “low performers” in mathematics according to the report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The study based on the PISA survey ranks Argentina among the worst 10 performers in math, science and reading. The number of underachievers in math reached 66.5%, and slightly improved results were seen in reading and science. The report recalled that a worrying percentage of 15-year-old students in Argentina score below the baseline level of proficiency in the three core subjects PISA analyses. There is a general consensus that there is low quality education in Argentina. Students lack skills. Throughout the last decade, the administrations made a point of boosting spending on education and passing a law that expands mandatory schooling. But few efforts were put in place to improve quality. Education quality comes from teaching quality, the national government’s proposal to evaluate teachers should be the next move on the agenda. The report concluded that reducing the share of low performers in possible anywhere, given the right policies and the will to implement them. Countries and economies where the majority of 15-year-old students performs below the baseline level may want to consider comprehensive education reforms.