New research from the National Center for Education Statistics indicates that, while US high school students aren’t exactly doing worse on international math and science skills assessments than they have in years past, they’re falling behind high school students from other countries, who have shown steady improvement in the past 5 years. In a speech in late August, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan cited the statistics and suggested higher pay for teachers in high-demand subjects – including math, science, foreign languages and special education – as a solution for the US education system’s failure to keep US students competitive in math and science. You can check out the whole article on CNN. Is teacher pay part of the solution? Where does out-of-school-time support like Aim High fit in?