US Kids Lag in Math, Science

International test puts US teens 17th among 30 countries

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 4, 2007 8:30 PM CST

(Newser) – American teens are worse at math and science than peers in 16 of 30 countries, according to test results released today. The 5,600 US students who took the test last year scored 24th in math, but almost made average in science. "How are our children going to be able to compete with the children of the world?" an education advocate asked. "The answer is not well."

Experts say the test, which scored 400,000 15-year-olds worldwide, should spark reform in the federal No Child Left Behind law; a panel appointed by Bush will soon propose upgrades in math education, especially algebra. Meanwhile, the Fins reign supreme in science and math, and Mexicans scored lowest in both, the Washington Post reports.

Will these kids be ready to compete with their international peers for scientific success?
Will these kids be ready to compete with their international peers for scientific success?   (Shutter stock)
Students work on a science project in this undated file photo.
Students work on a science project in this undated file photo.   (Shutter Stock)
An American student contemplates a solution.
An American student contemplates a solution.   (Shutter Stock)
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