Report: U.S. education system slipping

09/13/2005 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The U.S. has dropped in the last two decades from first to ninth among industrialized nations in the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds who have earned at least a high school diploma, reports the Organization for Cooperation and Development. Barry McGaw, the group's education director, said America's high per-pupil spending and relatively low performance on national and international tests indicates the American school system is "clearly inefficient."

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