Officials: U.S. students not progressing, out of top 20 in common subjects

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WASHINGTON – Annual test results focused on global education were released Tuesday and it showed that U.S. students are performing poorly compared to other countries.

In fact, American students failed to reach the top 20 in any of the tested subjects, which include math, science and reading.

U.S. students fell below most Asian and European nations.

The test shows that even countries that were lagging behind the United States just four years ago are now outperforming our students in math and science.

Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, said, “The brutal truth, the urgent reality must serve as a wake up call against educational complacency and low expectations. The problem is not that our 15-year-olds are performing worse today than before. The problem, instead, is that they are simply not making progress.”

Duncan rebuffed critics’ claims that poverty and diversity were obstacles to better performance, noting that other deeply diverse nations outranked the U.S.

Even Vietnam scored higher than America and their poverty level hovers around 75 percent.

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