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 <www.oecdwash.org>
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.