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Source: Julian Fraillon, et al., “Preparing for Life in a Digital World,” International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, October 2019.
Commentary: Ensuring that students are not only capable of using technology, but also of integrating technology into their work is key to providing students with the skills they will need in the modern economy. In 2018, over 46,000 8th graders from 12 developed and developing countries participated in a study of computer and information literacy. It tested their proficiency in using computers, gathering information, producing information, and communicating digitally. Collectively, 82 percent of students demonstrated some level of proficiency, with 21 percent scoring in the two highest categories. The United States ranked fourth, behind Denmark, South Korea, and Finland, with 90 percent proficiency and 25 percent of its students placing in the two highest categories.