An organization called the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) runs a program every three years that evaluates children from all over the world. This program is called PISA (Program for International Student Assessment). The results for the tests done in 2012 were recently published. The tests were given to over 500,000 15-year old students from 65 different countries. The children were tested in reading, mathematics, and science.
What do the results say? Shanghai (China) topped all three areas. (China does not participate as a whole country, but some cities in China participate such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macau.) Singapore, Hong Kong (China), Korea, and Japan scored in the top 10 in all 3 areas.
The PISA tests have become a useful way for countries to measure how their education system is performing compared to the rest of the world, and how it’s improving over time.
You can view the results here.
Want to try some of the test questions? You can go here.
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