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Jerry P. Becker

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KEY FINDINGS: U.S. Education
Posted: Jan 11, 1999 9:42 PM
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From the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development): two
new books on Education Policy Analysis and Education At a Glance (both
1998) -- statistics from all the 29 member countries. See the OECD
Washington, D.C., Center Online at <>

Key Findings for the U.S.:

. The U.S. is losing its supremacy as the premier educator

Upper secondary graduation rates are lower in the U.S. than in 22 other
OECD countries.

. Enrollment and completion rates in tertiary education are still
comparatively strong in the U.S.,
although tertiary education is expanding rapidly in many OECD countries.

Entry rates to tertiary education in the U.S. remain amongst the highest
in the OECD, although it
also has high rates of non-completion.

. Financing education

U.S. expenditure per student in the United States is among the highest
at all levels of education; at
the tertiary level it is more than twice the OECD average.

. Quality of educational outputs

While the United States has comparativley few adults with less than
upper secondary (high school)
education, it has a comparatively larger proportion with relatively low
literacy skills.

. Teaching working conditions

Teachers' pay and working conditions, at least at primary and secondary
levels, do not match those
in many other countries.


Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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