American Adults Score Poorly on Worldwide Test, Could Look Up Answers

| by Michael Allen

While it's well known that American kids get slammed when compared to other countries, American adults recently scored below the international average on a global test.

The test included math, reading and problem-solving, which are considered crucial for global competitiveness, notes the Associated Press.

Japan, Canada, Australia and several other countries trounced U.S. adults, according to a new study, Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies.

Most participants took the test at home, and could use computers to find the answers, but the U.S. still fell short.

The study claimed that most Americans were likely to score, high or low, based on their parent's educational level. The results say that it is easier to overcome this problem overseas than in the U.S.

For example, more than 60 percent of adults take part in job training or continuing education in Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands.

The test, created by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, included 157,000 adults in 24 countries and regions.

"These findings should concern us all. They show our education system hasn't done enough to help Americans compete, or position our country to lead, in a global economy that demands increasingly higher skills," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement, reports The Huffington Post.

Sources:, The Huffington Post, Associated Press