THE WORLD, 10 ESSENTIAL STORIES #8 Shanghai
In School; China on the Rise:
An international assessment of students showed that as China's economic power has risen, so has its educational prowess. The survey, which rated the aptitude of 15-year-olds in 65 countries,shows teens in Shanghai far outscoring international peers in reading, math and science. However,officials acknowledged Shanghai is a magnet for China's best students and does not represent the entire nation. For its part, the U.S. lags behind countries like Finland and South Korea.
U.S.students trail those evaluated Shanghai: