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Topic: In 23 Advanced Economies: U.S. Adults Rank 21st in Math Skills
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Dr. Jai Maharaj

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In 23 Advanced Economies: U.S. Adults Rank 21st in Math Skills
Posted: Oct 18, 2013 9:12 PM
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In 23 Advanced Economies: U.S. Adults Rank 21st in Math Skills

By Terence P. Jeffrey
CNS News
Friday, October 18, 2013

( - The U.S. Department of Education's
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on Friday
released the initial results of an international survey
of adult skills in literacy and mathematics, revealing
that Americans rank 21st in “numeracy” and are tied for
15th in literacy among adults in 23 advanced economies.

American adults also scored below the average in both
numeracy and literacy for all respondents in all 23
advanced economies.

Japan and Finland ranked first and second in both
categories and Italy and Spain took the bottom two spots
in both.

The international survey--the Program for the
International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)--
was developed by the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development.

The data from Russia was not included in the initial
results, the NCES said, "because they were released too
late for publication."

“Numeracy” was defined by the survey as “the ability to
access, use, interpret, and communicate mathematical
information and ideas, to engage in and manage
mathematical demands of a range of situations in adult

“Literacy” was defined as “understanding, evaluating,
using and engaging with written text to participate in
society to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s
knowledge and potential.”

The survey tested a random sample of approximately 5,000
people ages 16 to 65, using a test that was scored on a
scale of 0-500.

In numeracy, American adults achieved an average score of
253 out of 500, nosing out Italian adults who averaged
247 and Spanish adults who averaged 246.

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