Current and Future Challenges for U.S. Manufacturing

60. U.S. Students Are Not Competitive in Math Skills

There is a disturbing gap between the math performance of students in the U.S. as compared with our key trade partners and competitors. The figure depicts the scores of American students against those in a number of industrialized and developing economies that participate in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This system of international tests is designed to measure the proficiency of 15-year-olds in such areas as reading and literacy, math, and science.
The data in the figure are scaled to an OECD average. As shown, the U.S. Math Literacy score is below the OECD average as well as Japan, Canada, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, and the U.K.

To Skilled Workforce and Employment


Age Gap Between the Manufacturing and the Non-Farm Workforces Widens


U.S. Students Are Not Competitive in Math Skills


U.S. Students Are Not Competitive in Science Skills


The Manufacturing Workforce Has Become More Educated


The Manufacturing Workforce Is Behind in Higher Education


The United States Lags Significantly in Graduating Engineers