OECD says US Adults Lag Practical Workplace Skills
- Age: In each survey across theOECD, those aged around 30 had the highest scores compared with other age groups.
- Immigrants Immigrants performed worse than the native-born, especially those who did not learn the language of their new country as a child. But skills proficiency improves with length of stay in the host country, pointing to the important role of integration policies.
- Math: In numeracy, or math, the U.S. scored 253, below the international average, and far behind Japan's 288. Almost one in three adults in Italy (31.7%), Spain (30.6%) and the United States (28.7%) perform at or below the most basic level of numeracy, compared to around one in ten in Japan (8.2%), Finland (12.8%) and the Czech Republic (12.8%).
- Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies.
- Reading: In reading, over one in five adults in Italy (27.7%), Spain (27.5%) and France (21.6%) perform at or below the most basic level, compared with one in twenty Japanese (4.9%) and one in ten Finns (10.6%).
- Education: people with a higher educational levels scored better and earned more income. The low-skilled are more likely than others to be unemployed, have bad health and earn much less,