WASHINGTON (AP) -- Results from a global exam given to 15-year-olds show U.S. students lag in math and just average in science and reading.
U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in any of the three categories.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls the results released today a "picture of educational stagnation." Duncan also says the solution includes early education, higher academic standards, affordable college and the recruitment and retention of top-notch educators.
Teens from Asian nations dominate most of the categories.
About half a million students in 65 nations and educational systems took part in tests last year.