We - I mean some of our kids - did better than average on international tests in math, science and reading. However, we are not #1 or nowhere near it. We trailed Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Northern Ireland, Finland, Slovenia and Russia.
One indication of the emphasis placed on these tests by some states is Florida's policy of holding back third grade students who cannot read well. This results in only true readers taking the fourth grade tests. Florida is willing to sacrifice some kids so that their test scores can he inflated.