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New OECD Report Highlights Economic Impact of Low Performance at U.S. Schools

Low Performing Students: Why they fall behind and how to help them succeed” says that around 1 million 15-year-olds in the United States, equivalent to 26% (OECD average: 23%), fail to achieve level 2 in math. Level 2 is considered the baseline level of proficiency that is required to participate in modern society. When a large share of the population lacks basic skills, a country’s long-term economic growth is compromised, says the OECD report.

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