Americans are frequently surprised to hear that United States schools are not the best.
Indeed, the typical American believes that U.S. students both attend very high-quality
schools and receive the most education. The available evidence, however, suggests that
both perceptions are wrong: Many other countries now provide more schooling while
their students outscore U.S. students by a wide margin. Given that, what should and
can be done? And, importantly,i s there a central role for the federalg overnment