Aug. 7-9, Shanghai – Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. spent 3 days learning about the strengths of and challenges faced by Shanghai’s world-renowned public education system during a program organized by the Shanghai Public Affairs Section. Secretary King joined Ambassador Max Baucus in engagements with Shanghai’s education community, students, parents, experts and Chinese officials in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of why Shanghai students are some of the world’s top performers in STEM courses. In addition to fact-finding, Secretary King also devoted a portion of his trip to public outreach, promoting educational opportunities in the U.S. to Chinese students and hosting a roundtable with American exchange students on how they too can promote a culture of studying abroad when they return to the U.S. The study tour is part of the Department of Education’s international strategy to examine best practices from high-performing school districts around the world.