Globally, the United States is well-known for its rugged individualism. But in the latest PISA rankings, it was seen that its teenagers are very good when it comes to group collaboration. The teenagers performed better in group collaboration compared to individual academic efforts.
This is seen in the latest PISA ranking, which looks at collaborative problem solving among 15-year-old students in 50 countries around the world. It focusses on testing high school students, in areas such as mathematics. Reading is also tested. Traditionally, countries that perform well in reading and math scores also do very well when the collaborative test is administered.
Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)
South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore performed exemplary in this latest test and were ranked among the top 10 nations when the individual student achievement test was administered. Countries like the US, however, had some serious deviations. In math, for instance, the USA was ranked 39th, but when it came to collaborative problem solving, it was ranked 13th.
PISA tests are administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. OECD administers group collaboration tests as it believes that this is what employers will be looking for in a few years. But the officials established that very few students were able to collaborate with sophistication. In the US, it was seen that students who regularly played video games had lower scores compared to teenagers who did not take part in such games. Video games were, therefore, seen to have a negative impact on the academic performance of high school going students.