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China Debuts at Top of International Education Rankings

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- China shocked educators Tuesday by taking the top spot globally in its debut in international standardized testing. Despite modest gains in math and science, the U.S. continues to lag behind other developed countries.

A report out Tuesday, "Highlights From PISA 2009: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Reading, Mathematics, and Science Literacy in an International Context," shows the U.S. now ranks 25th in math, 17th in science, and 14th in reading out of the 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

While OECD countries such as Finland, South Korea, Canada, Japan, Switzerland and New Zealand continue to outpace the U.S. in reading, science and math, all eyes are on China. In its first year to be included in the study as a non-OECD country, Shanghai-China ranked first in all three categories. Hong Kong-China came in second in reading and science and third in math.

"The 2009 PISA data demonstrate the rise in the quality of education in Asia -- among the top performers were Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and Korea," said Tony Jackson, Vice President of Education at the Asia Society. "Aligning education goals to economic development, Asian nations have scoured the world for models of effective education systems, and implemented them consistently through deliberate policies and long-term investments. Any definition of a world-class education must include knowledge of Asia and the language and cultural skills to deal with Asia. It's a two-way street: America must now learn from -- and with -- Asia and the world."

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the findings, "to be brutally honest, show that a host of developed nations are out-educating us."

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Study: Students Traveling to More Non-Traditional Countries for Study Abroad

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Survey results from the Institute of International Education say that American students are now choosing to study abroad in countries "where English is not a primary language" more than ever.

Despite a small decrease in the number of American students studying abroad, numbers have still increased in abroad programs outside of Western Europe.  For example, the number of students studying in Africa has increased by 16 percent, in the Middle East by nine percent and in South America by 13 percent.

Likewise, more international students are traveling to the U.S. to study as well. 

"The number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by three percent to 690,923 during the 2009-2010 academic year, representing a record high number of international students in the United States," said another report from the Institute of International Education.

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