Among the top-scoring places in the world that participated in a recent exam, math proficiency of 15-year-olds was well above 50 percent. One US state, Massachusetts, cleared that mark, barely.
It's an honored and very selective profession – and teachers are highly paid.
But science scores are stagnant in an international study of fourth- and eighth-graders.
To catch up with other nations in math, schools should teach fewer topics in more depth, it says.