If BASIS Curriculum students formed a nation, it would outscore all other countries in terms of student performance in math, reading, and science as well as students’ satisfaction with their teachers.
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 in critical thinking and problem solving in math, reading, and science, as shown in their performance on the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA).