Not so fast.
According to the Washington Post, ETS (the College Board folks) analyzed the results of a test given by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The test was meant to assess adult skill levels in 3 areas: problem-solving, literacy and “numeracy”..
ETS broke out the numbers for U.S. millennials, defined as people 16 to 34 years old..
The vast majority of American test-takers lacked a high school degree
The bottom line: in problem solving, U.S. millennials second from the bottom … edging out Poland,
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Of course, problem solving is a blend of quant skills (numeracy) and language skills (literacy).
How did our millennials stack up as poets and quants?
Well, first the bad news:
In literacy, the U.S. team finished 4th from the bottom – ahead of England / Ireland, Spain and Italy – but trailing Estonia, Poland and a pile of oyther countries.
Now, the worse news:
U.S. millennials finished dead last in quant skills – numeracy.
Not a pretty story …