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WASHINGTON (AP) – American students have a math problem.

The latest global snapshot of student performance shows declining math scores in the U.S. and stagnant performance in science and reading.

Education Secretary John B. King Jr. says this country is losing ground and he finds that to be a troubling reality when, in today’s economy, “the best jobs can go anywhere in the world.”

Peggy Carr, acting commissioner at the National Center for Education Statistics, says math performances now are consistent with previous assessments. They are going down.

The 2015 Program for International Student Assessment study is the latest to document that American students are underperforming their peers in several Asian nations.

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