December 7, 2010

US Scores 25 Out Of 34 In Mathematics

According to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Education Department, 15-year-old students in the U.S. performed below average in mathematics compared to other industrialized nations.

China, Finland and Korea won the highest scores based on how well students apply their knowledge in math, science and reading.

"While not representative of all of China, this is sure to send shock waves through the U.S. and Europe as it's yet another sign of China's rising dominance," Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute told CNN news.

Fifteen-year-old students in the U.S. performed average in reading and science, and below average in math.  The U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math.

"This is an absolute wake-up call for America," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the Associated Press. "The results are extraordinarily challenging to us and we have to deal with the brutal truth. We have to get much more serious about investing in education."

U.S. students have still improved since the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment.

"Relative to other countries, the United States is decidedly weaker in mathematics than in reading or even science, although there is evidence that the U.S. is making progress relative to similarly performing countries," National Center of Education Sciences Deputy Commissioner Stuart Kerachsky said in a news release.

Girls scored better than boys in reading literacy in all participating countries and education entities.


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