Top performing countries were Finland and Japan, while Italy and Spain where the worst. The New York Times highlighted that ”the skill level of the American labor force is not merely slipping in comparison to that of its peers around the world… it has fallen dangerously behind” with younger U.S. students having far fewer skills than adults ages 50 to 65. The following video is an overview of the report.
Given the report’s 461-page length, there is much data to analyze and interpret. However, declining skills in countries such as the U.S. should be a wake-up call to policy makers, educators and business leaders.