This study puts American achievement — at least in mathematics — in depressing perspective. It found that:
• Nationwide only 6% of our students perform at an advanced level in math, compared with 28% of Taiwanese students and more than 20% of students in Finland and Korea.
• Our highest-functioning state — Massachusetts — is comparable to Western European nations like Denmark and Germany.
• Low-performing states like Mississippi and New Mexico rank below recently war-torn Serbia with far poorer nations such as Chile and Thailand.
• California’s percentage of advanced math students hovers below 5% along with Portugal, Greece, and Turkey.