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New Findings: U.S. Squarely In Middle On Many Global Education Indicators

From prekindergarten through graduate school, the education system in the United States faces tough competition from the rest of the world, a new study found.

The study made public Tuesday by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows other nations are catching up and in many cases have surpassed the United States at many levels, from prekindergarten enrollment to the percentage of adults with advanced degrees.

OECD’s annual “Education at a Glance” report finds, for instance, that 41% of 3-year-olds in the U.S. are enrolled in prekindergarten. Among all OECD countries, the average is 72%.