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(NEW YORK) — America may be the world’s one remaining superpower, but high school test scores remain mired in mediocrity.

The latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment, which compared 15-year-olds in 65 wealthy, developed nations, show that American students are lagging behind their international peers — especially in math.

Students in 19 countries scored better than the U.S. in reading, 22 countries scored higher in science and 29 did better in math.  Those numbers basically haven’t changed since 2009.  

Students in Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong scored the highest.

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