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U.S. students once again placed near the middle of the pack in the latest international comparisons in reading, math, and science—and the program's organizers have issued a list of key characteristics that top-performing nations share.

These keys to success include training, respecting, paying, and empowering their teachers more fully; emphasizing preschool education; pairing successful schools with struggling ones; and personalizing the learning process for students.

With the release of the Organisation for Economic...

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