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(WAMC) A new study confirms what many Americans already knew deep in their hearts: We’re not good at math.


Not only that, but when it comes to technology skills, we’re dead last compared with other developed countries.


The PIAAC study — the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies — looks at the skills adults need to do everyday tasks, whether it’s at work or in their social lives.


“Clearly, we have some work to do in this country,” says Peggy Carr, the acting commissioner of the government’s National Center for Education Statistics. The study compared countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


Japan and Finland led the group in literacy, math and technology skills, while the United States’ performance was average or well below average in each category.


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