Today’s big news: According to a new OECD study, Shanghai’s 15-year olds turned in top scores globally:
The province of Shanghai, China, took part for the first time and scored higher in reading than any country. It also topped the table in maths and science. More than one-quarter of Shanghai’s 15-year-olds demonstrated advanced mathematical thinking skills to solve complex problems, compared to an OECD average of just 3%.
That’s very impressive. Very. The U.S. was around the OECD average in reading and science, and just below average in math. All other things being equal, it would be better if our scores were higher, much higher.
This will take a long time to fix. However, the short-run implication is clear: American kids coming out of college right now are facing ever-toughening global competition. The question: What sets of skills are most likely to be in global and U.S. demand?