Sunday, January 21, 2007

U.S. Students & Adults vs. Other Countries

How do we compare? In an article in Queue, Inc. they tackle that very question.

Based on the results of recent international assessments, measures of students’ and adults’ skills and abilities in reading, mathematics, and science present a mixed picture. U.S. students perform relatively well in reading literacy compared with their peers around the world, including those in highly industrialized countries.

In addition, U.S. students perform relatively well in mathematics at the lower grades compared to their peers in other countries—though the data suggest that their performance may not be keeping pace with that of their peers—and are showing improvement in the middle school years.

However, when older U.S. students are asked to apply what they have learned in mathematics, they demonstrate less ability than most of their peers in other highly industrialized countries.

Data on the literacy and numeracy skills of U.S. adults in comparison with their peers from other countries are fairly limited, but suggest that the skills of U.S. adults do not compare favorably (based on ALL data).

The full report is here: Untied States vs. Other Countries

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