America’s Education Rank

| May 19, 2010

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Unfortunately, the global ranking of the American educational system has continued to be documented as falling behind many other leading nations. According to theGlobal Competitiveness Report in 2009-2010 the USA struggles to compete with international programs in the areas of education expenditure, quality of math and science education, and quality of primary education. As shown below, the USA ranks 48th in the world in the quality of math and science programs.

We also have seen from test scores that this is one of the key areas where USA needs to improve education to keep up with the rest of the world. Math and science education should teach students how to solve problems, become more creative, gain self-confidence, and they should have fun learning. So what can the US do to improve such areas and create programs and assessments that make them leaders in education?

Stanford University professor and noted researcher Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment — from Finland to Singapore.