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College-educated adults get an F in digital literacy

A survey finds that the majority of participants struggle to identify fake news in a digital literacy quiz

A new survey casts doubt on whether college-educated adults have and are using digital literacy skills to critically examine information and news sources.

While 88 percent of respondents say they are confident in their critical thinking skills, only a minority received an “A” on a digital literacy test, according to a new national study from edtech firm MindEdge Learning.

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The third annual State of Critical Thinking study, commissioned by MindEdge and conducted by Qualtrics, finds that a large majority of college-educated Americans could not pass a basic, nine-question digital literacy, fake news identification, and critical thinking skills test. Fully 69 percent of survey respondents failed to answer more than five of the questions correctly.

Laura Ascione