[caption id="attachment_42623" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="American students rank 25th in math and 21st in science on a list of 30 industrialized nations"]American students rank 25th in math and 21st in science on a list of 30 industrialized nations[/caption]

NBC News is convening its own summit with education and political leaders next month to talk about ways to improve schools in light of statistics showing the U.S. lagging in student achievement.

The two-day "Education Nation" event in New York will be carried online and is part of a week of programming concentrating on education issues on...

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