Vermont and other U.S. students are behind in math, science, internationally, according to Physics Today magazine. Nationwide, children aren't necessarily getting smarter or dumber, but that might not be good enough to compete globally, according to numbers cited by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Vermont students are no different.
Duncan noted a special analysis put out by the National Center for Education Statistics in 2009 that compares 15-year-old U.S. students with students from other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The report says that it found Vermont students placed below average in math and science, and that 16 of the 29 other participating OECD members outperformed their U.S. peers in terms of average scores.