You may be aware that U.S. students are not doing as well as they might, but did you know that U.S. students ranked 21st in science proficiency and 25th in math among students from the 30 Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries in 2006?
Our nation depends on the quality of our science, technology, and engineering to be competitive in the global economy, yet we are no longer a leader in producing high school graduates with the skills needed to be the next generation of innovators. Moreover, as modern jobs require more and more sophisticated problem solving skills, half of our students are not even learning the skills needed to compete effectively for middle class jobs in the global workplace.
To learn more see How Are U.S. Students Doing and Science, Jobs, and Economic Growth. If after reading How Are U.S. Students Doing you want to learn more about how students in your state compare to other U.S. students and students from around the world, see PISA: International Science Proficiency and Understanding NAEP.