Massachusetts PISA Education Test Scores Were Great or Were They?
Sources
How Massachusetts Built a World-Class School System and PISA 2012 Results: What Students Know and Can Do - OECD

 

Reading scored of 527 second
It was the second highest after Singapore if the state was a country, fifth highest if the sub-jurisdictions taking PISA are included.  No jurisdiction's scores exceeded Massachusetts if the standard is statistical significance.  Eight were similar. 
Science score of 529 was the sixth
If it were a country and no other sub-jurisdictions were on the list.  Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec in Canada did better, so it would be ninth on a list that included the sub-jurisdictions.  But, when looking at these results in terms of the statistical significance of the differences between scores, only Singapore did better. 
Mathematic score of 500 twenty-first
It was the twenty-first highest in the world if it were a country and no other sub-jurisdictions were on the list.  If other sub-jurisdictions were included, it would rank thirty-fourth.  If statistical significance is the standard, though, only eleven national systems scored higher, while 19 systems were not significantly different.


Analysis of Two Mathematics Questions.
2. Revolving Door Problem

Note: Other scaling method resulted in slightly different percentages.

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For More Mathematics Questions Visit
PISA 2012 Technical Report - OECD
Questions were varied covering many pre-algebra topics.

Score above 545 required algebra and geometry.
As the following chart reveals, about 16% score
at this high level.

 

National Assessment of Adult Literacy
 surveys of 1992 and 2003 revealed these results.

Summary By Literacy Level

"Fewer adults with Below Basic 
document and quantitative literacy in 2003 than in 1992"

"Fewer adults with Proficient 
prose and document literacy in 2003 than in 1992"