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How Do U.S. Students' Computer, Information Literacy Skills Stack Up?

By eSchool News

November 18, 2019

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U.S. eighth-graders scored above the international average for computer and information literacy in the 2018 International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS), yet were found to have difficulty cultivating critical 21st-century employability skills.

Peggy G. Carr of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics' said, "Today's eighth-graders were raised in a world in which computers and smartphones are commonplace, but the majority of them were unable to execute basic tasks independently."

Only 25% of U.S. eighth-graders in the study could independently use computers as tools, differentiate the reliability of Web-based information, and assess potentially biased data.

Girls scored higher than boys did in computer information literacy, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Said Carr, “The study shows that the idea of the ‘digital native’ is more myth than reality.”

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