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24 Countries That Have Smarter Children Than America

America's children rate embarrassingly low again on the latest round of scholastic tests from the OECD. The Program for International Student Assessment, which is released every three years, tests 15-year-old students in reading, math and science. Basically, America earned a "C." We tied the OECD average rating of 496. Teenagers in East Asia and Europe scored significantly higher. There's one caveat to these scores. Some countries test a irregularly narrow sample of kids. Like China -- which we're not counting in our ranking because its sample of 5,100 Shanghai teenagers scored ridiculously high. #1 Hong Kong Reading: 6.6% better Math: 14% better Science: 9.4% better Source: 2009 PISA via WSJ

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