Here’s Why U.S. Students Test Poorly

By EMILY DERUY June 25, 2013

The United States spends more money on its students per year than any other developed nation, according to a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. But American kids can’t keep up with children from other countries on international tests. What gives? A few things……

1. Teacher salaries We don’t pay our teachers very much. While they do okay in terms of straight salary compared to other nations, they haven’t seen the same raises that other countries pass out. Teachers in other countries make about 82 percent of what their similarly educated peers earn. That figure drops to 66 percent in the U.S.

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