When it comes to competing with the rest of the world in education, the U.S. is falling far behind. According to the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment, the United States ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in math. For American education reform to catch up, according to education reformer Eli Broad, we "have a lot to do."
While the amount of students advancing to higher education has risen by 48 percent since the 1990s, 70 percent of eighth graders in America aren't reading at a proficient level. The education reform movement in America is moving full speed ahead, but perhaps we can learn a thing or two from countries leading the charge in K-12 education.
Click through the gallery to see what American education reform can take away from the highest-ranking countries in the world for education.