In arguing for the hiring of more math and science teachers, which President Obama said he intends to do, he said the U.S. has fallen behind in math and science.
This is a complicated issue.
U.S. students in many states have posted relatively stagnant scores on such measures as the National Assessment of Educational Progress. U.S. students also have fallen back compared with some nations on tests that are administered to samples of students around the world. Some experts say what happened is that other nations have caught up and passed the U.S. academically.