[caption id="attachment_118366" align="alignleft" width="150"] Racial and class disparities continue to exist; in eighth grade, Americans in the schools with the highest poverty performed below both the U.S. and international average.[/caption]

American fourth-graders are performing better than they were four years ago in math and reading, but students four years older show no such progress, a global study released Dec. 11 revealed.

Although the U.S. remains in the top dozen or so countries in all subjects tested, the gap between the U.S. and the top-performing nations is much wider at the eighth-grade level,...

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