An International Comparison.


These disparities in levels of educational success are particularly important when considering America’s need to compete in the global marketplace. Although educational levels have been increasing in the United States over the past two decades, they have not kept pace with similar rates in other countries. As a result, the young population in the United States is not as well-positioned as its counterparts in several other nations to compete for high-skilled jobs.

For example, Canada leads in the percentage of its young working-age population (ages 25 to 34) with an associate’s degree or higher (see figure 9). In the United States, Asian- Americans/Pacific Islanders are the only group that exceeds the educational level of Canada’s young adults, with whites falling substantially below. African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Americans in the United States are struggling to compete at all.


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