Teens in Asian nations dominate test; U.S. scores barely budge
WASHINGTON — Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released today.
American students scored below the international average in math and about average in science and reading.
The top average scores in each subject came from Shanghai, China’s largest city with more than 20 million people.
Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong were among the participants with students scoring at the top on average in each subject.
Vietnam, which had its students participate for the first time, had a higher average score in math and science than the United States.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results a “picture of educational stagnation.”
“We must invest in early education, raise academic standards, make college affordable, and do more to recruit and retain top-notch educators,” Duncan said.