Survey: Americans lacking in basic skills

Americans lacking in basic skills according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (Source: CNN)
Americans lacking in basic skills according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - We spend a lot of time in school, but Americans are lacking basic skills, according to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

When it comes to literacy, the United States came in ninth out of 13 industrialized countries surveyed.

In problem solving, America ranked eighth.

The report found Americans are also bad at math, coming in third from last in numeracy rankings.

"It's distressing to see we are not performing well," said Mary Alice McCarthy, a senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation. "Young people are moving into adulthood and they do not have the necessary skills."

This comes despite the fact that the number of years Americans are expected to spend in school is more than our counterparts in the UK and Japan.

One reason given for this poor performance is immigration.

Analysts said immigrants tend to have fewer skills and that can bring down the average score.

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