Leaders in education, business and government gather for NBC's third annual Education Nation summit.
An international education evaluation study ranks the United States 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading proficiency.
45 states are turning to new higher education guidelines known as "The Common Core", but educators know those standards are just a start.
NBC's Education Nation summit highlighted examples of team work in action Monday.
In Cincinnati, Ohio a non profit organization is teaching parents how to teach their kids.
Elsewhere teachers are emphasizing perseverance, changing how students process their struggles.
Even business leaders are weighing in, discussing what they need from students entering the workplace.
Both President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will make appearances at the Education Nation summit on Tuesday.