Finally we have them: the OECD’s first ‘Adult PISA’ results

This are some OECD results that we should be concerned about in terms of adult literacy in America . . .

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To a non-educationalist this headline might not appear the most exciting news of the day, so let’s try this instead:

England’s young people are near bottom of global league table for basic skills

Or if you prefer the BBC version:

England’s young adults trail world in literacy and maths

OECD 2013
Interested now? Well we should be. We all have a stake in this.

England is the only country in the developed world where the generation approaching retirement is more literate and numerate than the youngest adults, according to the first skills survey by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Out of 24 nations, young adults in England (aged 16-24) rank 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy. England is behind Estonia, Australia, Poland and Slovakia in both areas.

So now the political dog fight begins.

The minister for skills and enterprise, Matthew Hancock, said: “This shocking report shows England…

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