OECD: U.S. lags in college completion

Fifty-two percent of U.S. students who start postsecondary education go on to graduate, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Education at a Glance 2013. The OECD average graduation rate is 70 percent with Japan leading the pack at 90 percent.

On average, OECD countries employ one teacher for every 14 students in upper-secondary school. Portugal hires one teacher for every eight students, while “Mexico breaks the scales at 28” students per teacher, notes Education Gadfly.

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  1. Of course, we could raise completion rates too, if we 1.defined post-secondary education as broadly as other countries and 2. only let those likely to finish enter college.