Millennials, the quarter of the U.S. population that was born after 1980, give us a clue into what America will look like in the future. Unfortunately, at least when it comes to education, that future doesn’t look so bright. Millennials are on track to be the most educated generation of Americans ever, but their skills are still not on par with other wealthy countries around the world.
The U.S. scores dismally when compared with other advanced nations on literacy, numeracy (the ability to work with numbers) and problem solving, according to a report published by the Educational Testing Service. The graphs above give the average scores for adults age 16-34. The U.S. ranked near the bottom of the advanced countries for literacy and dead last for numeracy.
ETS cautions that these low skill levels will test the international competitiveness of the U.S. in the future. “If our future rests in part on the skills of this cohort… then that future looks bleak,” ETS says.