International Benchmarking


BASIS Charter School Students Outperform Students Around the World

If BASIS.ed was 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 on the OECD Test for Schools/PISA exam.

About the OECD Test for Schools

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

PISA is an exam taken by half a million 15-year-olds across the globe, representing 28 million students in 65 countries. PISA tests competency in reading, mathematics, and science, and the use of critical thinking in problem solving. It accesses students' capacity to extrapolate from what they know, and creatively apply knowledge in novel situations, and also asks qualitative questions about students' satisfaction with their teachers in their respective schools.

BASIS Charter Schools Participating

This year, for the first time, six BASIS Charter Schools were eligible to participate in the OECD Test for Schools: BASIS Chandler, BASIS Flagstaff, BASIS Oro Valley, BASIS Peoria, BASIS Scottsdale, and BASIS Tucson North.

*BASIS.ed results are from the 2015 OECD Test for schools. Results for all other countries and educational systems are from the 2012 PISA exam. The 2015 OECD Test for Schools was designed to enable international benchmarking against results from the 2012 PISA exam.

Students at BASIS Charter Schools Outscore Students Around the World in Math, Reading and Science

Students at BASIS charter schools tested above the highest-ranked school systems in the world and above US private school students, on the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA).

Chart: Students Score in the Highest Performance Levels

More BASIS Charter School Students Score in the Highest Performance Levels

BASIS.ed students are five times more likely to score in the highest performance categories than the average student in the US. 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 2015 OECD Test for Schools report.

BASIS Charter School Students are More Satisfied with their Teachers

BASIS charter school students are not only some of the highest performing kids in the world, they are also the most satisfied with their teachers! 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."
Chart: BASIS Charter School Students are More Satisfied with their Teachers