Asia Stays on Top, U.S. in Middle in New Global Rankings

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Science  08 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5498, pp. 1866
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5498.1866

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Eighth graders from the United States are still running in the middle of the global pack when it comes to science and math achievement, according to the latest results from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. And Asian nations continue to lead the way, with Singapore and Taiwan emerging as the star performers among the 38 participating countries. The news is not good for U.S. science and math educators, who have spent much of the decade pursuing reforms aimed at raising student achievement.