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Northern Europe Tops in High School

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Science  27 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5355, pp. 1297
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5355.1297

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According to new results from a series of international assessments of student performance in mathematics and science, U.S. high school seniors score poorly in general science literacy, advanced mathematics, and advanced physics, while European countries take the lead in all three areas. But the study offered a dearth of answers for why particular countries scored as they did: Students in both high- and low-scoring countries spent about the same amount of time in math and science classes, had similar amounts of homework, and watched about the same amount of television.