Europeans rank high school diplomas; Americans leave confusion: Pathways to Prosperity
ZOETERMEER, Netherlands – What’s a diploma worth?
In the U.S., it’s hard to tell. High schools and colleges have very different standards and expectations of students, so comparing is difficult.
In Europe, a number offers a clue.
Thirty-nine European countries share what’s known as the European Qualifications Framework, which rates training and diplomas students receive from one to eight. With this system, employers in Ireland know how to rate a Lithuanian credential, for example. And the countries have agreements that let credentials for a given job transfer from country to country.