Proficiency In Mathematics Among U.S. Learners Drop To 40% In 2022

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According to a Coursera report, U.S. learners math proficiency dropped dramatically from 56% in 2021 to 40% in 2022, meaning that the U.S. lags behind European countries such as Germany (81%) and the UK (78%) in math skills.

The study found an increase in female learners, now at 47%, compared to 45% in 2021 and 38% in 2020. Women however continue to trail men despite the rise in STEM enrollments from 35% in 2019 to 42% in 2022.

Entry-level or “gateway” certificate course enrollments among women reached 40% in 2021, a significant jump from 25% in 2019.

The world’s most popular business and technology skills last year were leadership and management, probability and statistics, and theoretical computer science. Switzerland had the most qualified learners for the second year in a row, followed by Denmark, Indonesia and Belgium.

The findings are part of the report that highlights a decline in technology and data science skills in the U.S. Instead of these skills, U.S. learners showed higher proficiency in basic entrepreneurial skills such as marketing, leadership and management, and strategy and operations.

The sources for this piece include an article in TechRepublic.

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