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Globally Challenged: Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete? The Latest on Each State's International Standing in Math and Reading - The researchers ranked the U.S. 32nd out of the 65 nations participating in the PISA exam for math proficiency and 17th out of 65 nations for reading proficiency. Knowing where the U.S. ranks internationally gives us a benchmark to know how well we are preparing our students to remain competitive and the ability of the U.S. to “remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace.” (Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance, August 2011)...

U.S. Math Performance in Global Perspective: How Well Does Each State Do at Producing High-Achieving Students - Maintaining our innovative edge in the world depends on developing a highly qualified cadre of scientists and engineers. To realize that objective requires a system of schooling that produces students with advanced math and science skills. To gauge, U.S. students in the class of 2009 in each of the states and in 10 urban districts were compared to the percentages of high achievers in 56 other countries. Unfortunately, the U.S. students fell well below that of most countries with which the U.S. generally compares itself. (Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance, Winter 2010)...

Patterns of International Collaboration for the UK and Leading Partners - International research collaboration is a rapidly growing component of core research activity for all countries. It is driven by a consonance between top-down and bottom-up objectives. Collaboration is encouraged at a policy level because it provides access to a wider range of facilities and resources. It enables researchers to participate in networks of cutting-edge and innovative activity. For researchers, collaboration provides opportunities to move further and faster by working with other leading people in their field. It is therefore unsurprising that collaborative research is also identified as contributing to some of the highest impact activity. This report examines instances of research collaboration in nine countries in seven research fields during two time periods: 1996-2000 and 2001-05. (Jonathan Adams, Karen Gurney and Stuart Marshall, The UK Office of Science and Innovation, June 2007)...

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