HOW U.S. STACKS UP IN MATH  The latest international comparisons show U.S. students compare favorably with their peers in other countries in math performance, scoring about the international average, according to the just-released Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2007. Black students still perform below the TIMSS average, but their achievement is rising at a faster pace than for whites or other groups. Black 4th-graders raised their scores 25 points since 1995, the first year TIMMS was administered, and scores for black 8th-graders have risen 38 points. For Latino 4th-graders, scores are up 11 points; for 8th-graders, 32 points. White students raised their scores just 9 points and 17 points, respectively.

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