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Document Number: 4851

The Twin Challenges of Mediocrity and Inequality: Literacy in the U.S. from an - The first in a series of monographs based on data from national and international literacy surveys, this report focuses on the performance of U.S. adults in comparison to adults in other advanced countries. It finds that the nation’s overall performance is mediocre at best and that the United States is among the world’s leaders in the degree of inequality between its best and poorest performers. According to the report, the United States spends more per capita on education than nearly all other high-income countries and sends far more of its population on to higher education, but average literacy proficiency scores at best only match the world average. (Educational Testing Service, Statistics and Research Division, Center for Global Assessment, February 2002) ...

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