ERIC Number: ED398421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Are American Students Prepared To Compete Internationally?
Workforce Trends, Fall 1996
This paper explores some trends in U.S. education, student achievement, and worker earnings. Some of the findings are the following: (1) U.S. students are doing well in reading literacy but lag behind other leading nations in mathematics and science; (2) U.S. elementary school students have one of the lowest pupil-teacher ratios among the world's industrial nations; (3) K-12 expenditures per U.S. student continue to outpace spending by most other countries, but this spending is a lesser percentage of Gross Domestic Product than most other countries; (4) more U.S. students complete high school and earn college degrees than in any other nation, but the gap is narrowing; (5) more students are earning college degrees in mathematics, computer science, and engineering in most other industrialized nations while the percentage of Americans awarded degrees in these areas has dropped steadily since 1985; (6) U.S. students spend fewer days in classrooms than most other students, but they spend more time in the classroom each day than in most other countries; (7) increased educational achievement increases earnings; and (8) corporations are investing more in educating and training employees. (KC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Comparative Education, Developed Nations, Educational Attainment, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Level, Foreign Countries, High School Graduates, Higher Education, Income, Majors (Students), National Surveys, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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