Table: ...And Is Likely to Get Worse

Americans' ranking among the same countries, by age

AGE U.S. RANKING

56-65 5th 46-55 8th 36-45 8th** 26-35 15th 16-25 14th

* The U.S. is statistically tied with Canada for second place ** The U.S. is statistically tied with Australia for seventh place

Tests given 1994-98. Other countries include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Britain, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland

Data: Educational Testing Service

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