Among the six countries singled out for their exceptional math scores in 1995 -- Singapore, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Belgium and the Czech Republic -- only Korea's fourth-graders posted growth in math scores at a greater percentage than US fourth-graders, according to an analysis of the latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. Two of the "A-plus" countries from 1995 dropped out of international testing after posting significant losses, and of the remaining three, all but Japan made gains, the analysis shows.

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