Underperforming students a concern for New York business leaders

In a recent story, CBS News reporter Heba Kanso examines National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data that shows for the United States, the measurement of student success has not been improving in comparison to other countries.

The NCES released data on the 2012 academic performance of 15-year-olds around the world in three subjects: reading, mathematics, and science. The study showed the academic performance of 15-year-olds in the United States stayed relatively the same in recent years, but other nations were improving.

All though this data doesn’t necessarily show why students in particular countries outperform others, it still raises concern for Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council.

“We [U.S.] need to think about what we’re doing wrong. Why are we losing ground to the rest of the world? And Common Core is one way to try and address that.”

IBM International Foundation President Stanley Litow is concerned that the American worker is becoming less educationally competitive.

“I think that some international geographies are continuing to do better, they’re improving their performance and the U.S. performance has been pretty stagnant,” said Litow. “I know educators feel a lot of pressure about performing at a high level, but the world is changing, and we need to be competitive, and our workforce needs to be competitive.”

You can see the entire CBS online story including interviews with Mr. Litow and Ms. Briccetti here.