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Table 1:

Average Test Scores of Native and Immigrant Adults in the U.S. and 17 High Income Countries

Demographic Group

U.S.

17-high Income Countries

Difference

U.S. Rank Among 17 Countries

Native born

284

276

8

10th

Foreign born

210

226

-16

16th

 

 

 

 

 

Native born

 

 

 

 

  High School Dropout

225

243

-18

15th

   HS Graduate or higher

295

294

1

13th

Foreign born

 

 

 

 

  High School Dropout

149

177

-28

16th

   HS Graduate or higher

243

258

-15

17th

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Composite scores are the average of prose, document, and quantitative literacy test results.

Source: Educational Testing Service, "The Twin Challenges of Mediocrity and Inequality," February 2002.Table 12. 

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.