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Comparative Indicators of Education in the U.S. and Other G-8 Countries: 2009


Describes how the U.S. system of education compares with education systems in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Nearly 30 indicators are organized into five core sections: (1) population and school enrollment; (2) academic performance (including subsections for reading, math, and science); (3) context for learning; (4) expenditure for education; and (5) education returns. One key finding? The U.S. was the only G-8 country to award more first-time university degrees in the arts and humanities than in science, math, and engineering.