Relative to other nations, how do U.S. fourth graders rank in terms of their reading and math ability?
In international tests administered to students in dozens of nations, U.S. fourth graders rank in the top 30% for reading and for math. However, the relative performance of U.S. students declines over time, and by the age of 15, they drop to the bottom 50% in reading and to the bottom 20% in math. This is in spite of the fact that the U.S. ranks 4th among 33 developed nations in average spending per student, and the spending per U.S. student is 35% above the average of these nations.
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