U.S. Dead Last In International Test of Tech Skills

U.S. Dead Last In International Test of Tech Skills

Oct 14, 2013

MEASURING UP: EdWeek calls our attention to a report from OECD comparing young adults' tech skills across 24 different countries. We're not talking about Rails and PHP here; the study asked participants to perform computer-based tasks like sorting emails, organizing data into a spreadsheet, and managing reservations for a virtual meeting. America didn't fair so well, ranking dead last among the 19 countries that participated in the performance based tasks with 16-24 year olds. OECD senior analyst William Thorn added a little jab: "The performance of young people in the U.S. is surprisingly poor for the country which invented the personal computer," he wrote in an email to EdWeek. Korea and Finland--the usual suspects--landed the top two spots respectively, with Sweden rounding out the top three.

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