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BASIS Curriculum Students Outperform their International Peers

If BASIS Curriculum Schools were 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.

A BASIS Curriculum Schools education is a blend of the rigorous standards seen around the world with the ingenuity and creativity so often associated with American education. The result is that 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).

About the OECD Test for Schools

The OECD Test for Schools is based on the International PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) and may be administered by schools as an international benchmarking tool. Results from the test are comparable to existing PISA scales so schools can compare their performances to other countries and school systems around the world.

PISA is an exam taken by more than half a million 15-year-old students across the globe (representing approximately 28 million students in 72 countries). PISA tests competency in reading, mathematics, and science, and the use of critical thinking in problem solving. It assesses students' capacity to creatively apply knowledge in novel situations, and also asks qualitative questions about students' satisfaction with their teachers in their respective schools.

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

Students at BASIS Curriculum Schools tested above the highest-ranked school systems in the world, as well as above private school students in the United States, on the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA).

2016 OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA)

Average Score in Math, Reading and Science


2016 OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA)

Percent of Students Scoring in the Highest Performance Levels | Levels 5 & 6


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

BASIS Curriculum students are five times 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 system, including Shanghai. 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 report.

BASIS Curriculum Students are More Satisfied with their Teachers

BASIS.ed students are not only some of the highest performing kids in the world, they are also the most 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."

2016 OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA)

Student Performance and Student-Teacher Satisfaction


2016 OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA)

National and International Percentile Rank


BASIS Curriculum Schools are Among the Top Performing Schools in World

In fact, the BASIS Curriculum Schools network ranks among the Top 1% of schools NATIONALLY and the Top 3% of schools INTERNATIONALLY, according to performance on the 2016 OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA), which includes highly-selective schools with strict admissions requirements.

BASIS Curriculum Schools Participating in the 2016 OECD Test for Schools

In 2016, eight BASIS Curriculum Schools campuses participated in the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA): BASIS Chandler, BASIS Flagstaff, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, BASIS Oro Valley, BASIS Peoria, BASIS Phoenix, BASIS Scottsdale, and BASIS Tucson North.

Source: OECD Test for Schools, 2016.
BASIS Curriculum Schools results are from the 2016 OECD Test for schools. Results for all other countries and educational systems are from the 2012 PISA exam. The 2016 OECD Test for Schools was designed to enable international benchmarking against results from the 2012 PISA exam.