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American millennials lag the developed world in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving

branding-globeNot directly related to UW CSE, but important to all who care about education and about the future of our society:

A sobering analysis by the Educational Testing Service of results from the latest Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey of adult skills carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Among the 22 participating nations, American millenials (the cohort born after 1980) had:

  • Among the lowest average scores in each skill area
  • Among the lowest scores for students at the 90th percentile nationally
  • The lowest scores for those at the 10th percentile nationally
  • Among the lowest scores in numeracy among those with four-year bachelors degrees (we beat only Poland and Spain)

Read the short scary summary here.