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The Lesser-Known Achievement Gap

Most people are familiar with the academic achievement gaps among students of different races and socioeconomic status. However, another lesser-known kind of achievement gap exists: the gap between performance of top schools in the U.S. and top schools around the world.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. is lagging behind other countries, ranking somewhere in the middle:

“Of the 70 countries tested by the widely used Program for International Student Assessment, the United States falls in the middle of the pack. This is the case even for relatively well-off American students: Of American 15-year-olds with at least one college-educated parent, only 42% are proficient in math, according to a Harvard University study of the PISA results.”

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