International Benchmarking

Where do BASIS Curriculum students outperform their peers? All across the globe!

When journalists report that the United States is lagging behind educational systems around the world, they are usually referring to results on a common exam given to 15-year-old students: The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). What is striking about this exam is that it is a test of applied knowledge. Memorizing facts and figures alone won’t deliver a high score. Rather, the test assesses problem solving and critical thinking; to do well, students need to think beyond the boundaries of each subject and consider how they relate to each other in a real-world, problem-solving context.

The BASIS Curriculum blends rigorous worldwide standards with the ingenuity and creativity so often associated with American education. As a result, BASIS Curriculum students are positioned at the very top in the world as measured by their performance on the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA).

BASIS Curriculum Students Outscore Students around the World in Math, Reading and Science

Students at BASIS Curriculum Schools outscore students around the globe, including students in the highest-ranked school systems in the world according to data from the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA).

2019 OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA)

Average scores in Math, Reading, and Science

OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA)

BASIS Curriculum School Students are More Likely to Score in the Highest Performance Levels

BASIS Curriculum students are more likely to score in the highest performance categories than the average American student. They are also more likely to score in the highest performance category than students in any other country or educational system, including Singapore. Students “…who get to Level 5 or above can be regarded as potential ‘world-class’ knowledge workers of tomorrow,” according to the OECD Test for Schools score report.

2019 OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA)

Percent of students scoring in the highest proficiency levels in math, reading, and science (levels 5 and 6)

Chart: Students score in the highest performance levels

BASIS Curriculum School Students are More Satisfied with their Teachers

BASIS Curriculum School students are not only the highest performing kids in the world, they are also highly satisfied with their teachers. Educational systems worldwide were ranked based on student performance and the percentage of students who agree or strongly agree with the following statements:

  • “I get along well with most of my teachers.”
  • “Most of my teachers are interested in my well-being.”
  • “Most of my teachers really listen to what I have to say.”
  • “If I need extra help, I will receive it from my teachers.”
  • “Most of my teachers treat me fairly.”

2019 OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA)

Student Performance vs. Student Satisfaction with Teacher

Chart: Student Performance and Student Satisfaction with teaching

Comparison data for ‘Student-Teacher Satisfaction’ represent results from the 2012 PISA. Results for this measure were not available in the 2015 PISA administration.

Source: OECD “How Your School Compares Internationally: OECD Test for Schools,” 2019. BASIS Curriculum Schools results are from 2019. Results from all other countries and educational systems are from the 2015 PISA exam. The 2019 OECD Test for Schools was designed to enable international benchmarking against results from the 2015 PISA exam.