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America’s poor performance on international tests could be traced all the way back to preschool

September 14, 2017
Abby Jackson
Business Insider

The US lags behind other countries when it comes to enrolling kids in preschool, according to a report released Tuesday by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Education at a Glance 2017 found that only 43% of American 3-year-olds were enrolled in preschool, compared to 73% for the OECD average, which is comprised of 35 member countries.

For 4-year-olds, the US fell even further down the list, with 66% preschool enrollment, compared to 87% for the OECD average.

The only countries with lower levels of enrollment were Indonesia, Turkey, Switzerland, Canada, and Saudi Arabia.