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How Boosting Adult Educational Skills Can Grow The Middle Class

Posted by Andrala Walker - On November 21, 2013 (EST)

How Boosting Adult Educational Skills Can Grow The Middle Class

The basic skill level of American adults is incredibly important for our ability to grow and maintain a strong middle class. In an economy that increasingly relies on technology we must invest in policies that promote and strengthen the skills of our citizens so that they can continue to drive American economic growth.

A new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report provides a strong and clear call to United States policymakers to protect America's global standing through investments in education because basic skill levels are linked with employability in the global economy. The OECD conducted the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a major household survey across 23 countries that examined adult skill levels in three areas: literacy, numeracy and problems solving. The U.S. Department of Education requested OECD analyze the PIAAC data and generate a special report detailing the status of American adults and making policy recommendations to boost skill levels in the United States.

The commissioned report, "Time for the U.S. to Reskill?" was recently released.  On November 12, the Center for American Progress hosted a session to discuss the report.  See the video here.




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