In a world of accelerated change, students need more than what traditional education offers. 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-olds around the world: the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Test for Schools (Based on Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)).
Why does this test matter? What is striking about this exam is that it is a test of applied knowledge. Memorizing facts and figures alone won't get students a high score. The test assesses problem solving and critical thinking; to do well students need to think beyond the boundaries of each subject and think about how they relate to each other in a real-world, problem solving context.
BASIS.ed students are positioned at the very top in the world in critical thinking and problem solving in math, reading, and science. A BASIS.ed education is a blend of the rigorous standards seen around the world plus the ingenuity and creativity so often associated with American education.