5 Surprising Countries That Outperform the U.S. in Math

| February 25, 2015

5 Surprising Countries That Outperform the U.S. in Math

U.S. students now rank 26th in the world in math performance. When it comes to the international education race, we often hear how the U.S. is falling behind countries like China and Finland. But as these countries seem like perpetual overachievers, it's easy to brush off their accomplishments and tell ourselves that we're doing okay.

But other countries which we often ignore are outperforming us, as well. Below are five countries that you might be surprised to find score higher in math than the United States. Is it time for the U.S. to pick up the steam?

Estonia has made headlines in recent years for teaching coding to first-graders. They must be on the same wavelength as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg!

 

♪ ♫ O Canada! You really cream us at math! True math skills in all thy sons command. 

 

Ok, we bet you didn’t see that one coming.

 

You might be hard-pressed to find it on a map, but Slovenia presses hard when it comes to math.

 

Given the talk of a new cold war, we might want to pay attention to the fact that Russia now edges us in math.

*Scores are taken from the 2012 PISA Math exam.