Behind the Headline: US ‘In Denial’ Over Poor Maths Standards

On Top of the News
US ‘In Denial’ Over Poor Maths Standards
5/20/14 | BBC

Behind the Headline
U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests
Fall 2014 | Education Next

The BBC reports on a new study examining how U.S. students perform compared with students in other countries. “The US has been a mediocre performer in international education tests, based on average performance across the country, but this study shows how this average conceals a remarkably wide range of successes and failures,” Sean Coughlan reports. Students in several Southern states are among the weakest performers, achieving scores similar to those of students from developing countries. The study also finds that American students from privileged backgrounds lag behind similar students in other developed countries.

The study, by Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, and Ludger Woessmann, appears in Education Next.

-Education Next

Last Updated


Notify Me When Education Next

Posts a Big Story

Business + Editorial Office

Program on Education Policy and Governance
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone (617) 496-5488
Fax (617) 496-4428

For subscription service to the printed journal
Phone (617) 496-5488

Copyright © 2024 President & Fellows of Harvard College