The Fordham Foundation ran with this, and have been holding an Education Olympics parallel to the real thing. It's done with a sense of fun while still sharing some important international comparisons. My only gripe is that they seem to be sharing it through their own established channels - preaching to the choir, in other words, and not highlighting the contrasting performances with the public at large.
That aside, it's a good campaign, and it introduced me to a stat I had not seen before. In the PISA category of explaining phenomena scientifically - applying their knowledge of science to a situation - both males and females placed 32nd among participating countries.
For a country that plans on building its future in STEM-related industries, this isn't a good sign...