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U.S. Lags In Education Results

November 26, 2002

South Korea has the most effective education system among the world's 24 richest countries while the United States places near the bottom, according to a United Nations comparison.

A U.N. study found:

  • Japan ranks second, followed by Finland, Canada and Australia.
  • The top ten is rounded out by Austria, Britain, Ireland and Sweden, with the Czech Republic and New Zealand tied for tenth.
  • The United States placed 18th out of 24 in the study that emphasizes that the home learning environment is critical to a nation's educational success.

The battery of tests measured 14- and 15-year-olds' achievement in reading, math and science, and included the Program for International Student Assessment, Trends in International Math and Science Study, and factored in the International Adult Literacy Survey.

Source: "U.S. Education Trails Other Rich Nations," USA Today, November 26, 2002.


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