Saturday, January 2, 2016

Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-20 Countries

G-20 countries, which are among the most economically developed, represent 85 percent of the world’s economy and two-thirds of its population, and are some of the United States’ largest economic partners.

Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-20 Countries: 2015 provides data on population and school enrollment, academic performance, contexts for learning, expenditure for education, and educational attainment and income. For example:

• Among G-20 countries, the United States was the only country where at least half the eighth-grade students in 2011 had teachers who reported recently participating in professional development in mathematics and science in each of four areas: content pedagogy, assessment and integrating technology into instruction.

• The percentage of first university degrees awarded in science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States is comparatively low. In 2011, the United States awarded just 16 percent of first university degrees in science, mathematics, and engineering, making it one of just three G-20 countries in which that percentage was lower than that awarded in the arts and humanities.

This report is the latest in a series that has been published since 2002. Previous reports focused on the G-8 countries. This is the first to focus on the G-20 countries.

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