What We’re Watching: U.S. Schools Fail International Competition

By Education Next 08/24/2011

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In this video, Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss how the United States compares to developed countries of the world in math achievement, the subject of a new report. On average US students place 32nd in the world in math, following Portugal. The best state, Massachusetts, is only 9th in the world; the most populous state (California) comes in 37th.

The Education Next article on this report, “Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?” can be found here. A PDF of the full report, “Globally Challenged,” can be found here.

Paul Peterson is editor-in-chief of Education Next, and Eric Hanushek serves on the editorial board.  Both are  senior fellows at the Hoover Institution and members of its Koret Task Force on K-12 Education

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