The editorial from The New York Times is linked below.
The New York Times: American are Getting Left Behind
"The research focused on people ages 16 to 65 in 24 countries. It dealt with three crucial areas: literacy — the ability to understand and respond to written material; numeracy — the ability to use numerical and mathematical concepts; and problem solving — the ability to interpret and analyze information using computers.
Americans were comparatively weak-to-poor in all three areas."
---Editorial Board, The New York Times