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U.S. Adults Weak In Skills Study

Adults in the U.S. are well behind people in most other developed countries in workplace skills, according to a new study. 

The highly detailed study released today reports that young American adults' weak showing in student test scores and college graduation rates corresponds to a skills gap that extends well beyond school. 

Young adults in the U.S. compare poorly with young adults in other countries in math, technology, and literacy. 

It also finds that middle-aged Americans, considered among the best-educated people of their generation worldwide, rank no better than the middle of the pack in skills. 

Americans aged 55 to 65 rank higher than their foreign contemporaries, but Americans 45 to 55 were only even with people in other countries. 

The study is based on tests developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a coalition of mostly developed nations.