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Not so hot in science



U.S. high school students were outperformed by their peers in a majority of the world's industrialized nations on a test that measures their science skills, Education Week reports.

The results weren't supposed to be out yet. But they got reported in Spain, so now they've been released here, too. The Americans ranked lower than students in 16 other countries, including Finland, Canada, Japan, the Czech Republic and Ireland.

The numbers likely will fuel the fire among leaders in Florida and elsewhere who have clamored for upgrades in math and science curriculum. Perhaps rightly so. But we'd like to point out just one thing: At least the Americans didn't muck up the science test so badly that they couldn't use the results at all.

That would be the reading section of the international test, for which the US results had to be thrown out because of a printing error.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:28am]


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