Despite decades of research, standardized testing, and increased spending, educational outcomes in the United States have stagnated behind other developed countries. Literacy rates and reading skills of our nation’s seventeen-year-olds have demonstrated little to no growth since the 1970s, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And when measuring educational gains in numeracy and literacy since the 1950s, the US has had some of the slowest progress among countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. As other developed countries have realized significant gains in the educational attainment and practical skills of their youth, the United States lags behind. Read the full article.