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The data below is being used in an educational argument.  I have plotted the data on an Excel graph.  I make no comments.  But I welcome any comments on what the data says to you and why.

Country Poverty Rate PISA Score
Denmark 2.4% 495
Finland 3.4% 536
Norway 3.6% 503
Belgium 6.7% 506
Switzerland 6.8% 501
Czech Republic 7.2% 478
France 7.3% 496
Netherlands 9.0% 508
Germany 10.9% 497
Australia 11.6% 515
Greece 12.4% 483
Hungary 13.1% 494
Austria 13.3% 471
Canada 13.6% 524
Japan 14.3% 520
Poland 14.5% 500
Portugal 15.6% 489
Ireland 15.7% 496
Italy 15.7% 486
United Kingdom 16.2% 494
New Zealand 16.3% 521
United States 21.7% 500


According to the National Center for Education Statistics:

“The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students’ reading, mathematics, and science literacy. PISA also includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as problem solving. PISA emphasizes functional skills that students have acquired as they near the end of compulsory schooling.

PISA is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries and is conducted in the United States by NCES”

**Some countries in the PISA study are not included because they apparently do not report their poverty rate.  Who knows if poverty in one country is the same as another anyway, but I have only reproduced what was supplied to me at this link.