American kids are doing better than people think in math and science, a new international study has found. But--according to the latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS--some Asian countries have an edge in math that just keeps growing.

U.S. students have made significant gains in math since 1995 and score above average on international fourth- and eighth-grade tests in the subject, according to results released Dec. 9.

However, the United States has a long way to go to lead the world in math. The study reported dramatically higher math scores in five Asian countries--Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, and


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