WASHINGTON — US students are falling behind their international rivals. Young people aren’t adept at new technology. America’s economy will suffer if schools do not step up their game.
‘‘A Nation at Risk,’’ the report issued 30 years ago this week by President Ronald Reagan’s Education Department, was meant as a wake-up call for the country. It spelled out where the United States was coming up short in education and what steps could be taken to avert a crisis.