American students rank 20th in reading, 19th in science and 31st in math compared with students in 35 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, according to the results from the 2015 Programme for International Assessment, a triennial international survey that evaluates the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds.

But the international PISA exam happens only once every three years, and it’s hard to take action at the school or district level based on those results.

That’s why Victor High School volunteered to take the OECD Test for Schools, an annual reading, math and science school improvement tool that measures individual school performance against other countries.

It not only shows how our students compare to global peers, but also measures how effectively our students apply knowledge to solve real-world problems, captures student perspectives on learning and provides detailed results that allow us to ensure students are ready to compete in a global economy.

Our participation also allows us to partner with the Global Learning Network — a community of schools taking test, supported by the education nonprofit America Achieves — that convenes to learn from, not compete against, each other.

Our participation in the OECD Test for Schools has allowed our school to focus outward instead of inward. We’re a local school but owe it to our students to prepare them for a global workforce.

Yvonne M. O’Shea

Principal, Victor High School