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Adult Education Attainment and Assessment Scores: A Cross-National Comparison

Cover image of Stats in Brief, an NCES 2018 publication featuring Adult Education Attainment and Assessment Scores: A Cross-National Comparison.

This report on Adult Education Attainment and Assessment Scores: A Cross-National Comparison from the U.S. Department of Education (see link below) builds upon the

findings in the earlier National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report (Goodman et al. 2013) to provide
additional cross-national comparisons of adult literacy and numeracy proficiencies by education attainment. Specifically, the brief highlights differences between
several countries in the average literacy and numeracy scores for adults at different levels of education attainment. The brief further compares gaps in literacy and numeracy scores between adults of higher
and lower education attainment across participating countries.
The results from the earlier NCES reports indicated that adults in the United States performed lower than or not measurably different from the PIAAC international
average in literacy and in numeracy (Goodman et al. 2013, Rampey et al.)
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Poverty in the U.S.

An op ed by Angus Deaton in the January 24, 2018 edition of the New York Times, entitled “The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem,” discusses the numbers of U.S. citizens who live in poverty as deep as those in developing nations.

Poverty 2018

Graphic, New York Times

“When we compare absolute poverty in the United States with absolute poverty in India, or other poor countries, we should be using $4 in the United States and $1.90 in India.

Once we do this, there are 5.3 million Americans who are absolutely poor by global standards. This is a small number compared with the one for India, for example, but it is more than in Sierra Leone (3.2 million) or Nepal (2.5 million)…”

The graph above depicts the number of people who live on $4 or less per day and where the U.S. poor sit in relation to the poor in other Western countries.. In the U.S. the plight of the poor is exacerbated by lack of affordable housing. These costs are usually missed by World Bank estimates.

Angus Deaton is a professor of economics and international affairs emeritus at Princeton University, the presidential professor of economics at the University of Southern California and the 2015 Nobel laureate in economics.

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