Students in some U.S. cities match international students in math, concludes an American Institutes for Research study which uses NAEP and TIMSS scores. From USA Today:
Fourth- and eighth-grade students in six U.S. cities — Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Houston, New York City and San Diego — actually hold their own against international competitors from Singapore, Japan, England and elsewhere.
But international students in many nations outperform students in five other U.S. cities: Cleveland, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The AIR study also found that U.S. math achievement declines in middle school, while students in Asian countries continue to excel.