Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 52–61 | Cite as

International Student Achievement Comparisons and US STEM Workforce Development

  • Larry E. SuterEmail author
  • Gregory Camilli


Comparisons of US student achievement to other countries, conducted since the 1960s, have received extensive media coverage in the USA. Policy studies have cited these comparisons as evidence that the quality of US educational performance in mathematics and science requires federal intervention. Policy makers have been particularly concerned that the US economy would be impacted by inadequate student achievement levels especially in technology-related industries. This paper explores evidence about whether policy makers react to the citations of international student achievement rankings by changing funding levels for educational research and whether the studies have motivated the nation’s educators to support a trend toward common educational standards.


Shortages in science workforce International achievement comparisons Funding for science education Standards 


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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MichiganWoodstockUSA
  2. 2.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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