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Asian school students top global education survey

Kounteya Sinha, TNN Dec 4, 2013, 05.42AM IST


global education survey| Asian school students

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LONDON: A major global ranking released on Tuesday, which evaluated knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds, has showed Britain has failed in making it to the top 20 in mathematics, English and science for the first time. Asian countries like China, Japan and Korea have outperformed the rest of the world in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s latest PISA survey in which over half a million 15-year-olds in 65 countries took tests in the three subjects. The results have come as a shocker for the UK with British students faring poorest in mathematics coming 26th in the league table. In English reading, they ranked 23rd and 18 in science. Shanghai (China) and Singapore were top in mathematics. Students in Shanghai scored the equivalent of nearly three years of schooling above most OECD countries. Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Macao, Japan, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Netherlands were also in the group of top-performing countries. The five top performing countries in reading were Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea. India was not among the countries surveyed. Of those 64 countries with trend data in maths up to 2012, 25 improved in maths, 25 showed no change and 14 did worse. Brazil, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Tunisia and Turkey have shown a consistent improvement over this period.

Around 23% of students in OECD countries, and 32% overall, failed to master the simplest maths problems. Boys performed better than girls in maths. They scored higher in 37 out of the 65 countries and economies, while girls outperformed boys in 5 countries. Of the 64 countries and economies with comparable data up to 2012, 32 improved their reading performance, 22 showed no change, and 10 deteriorated. Chile, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey improved their reading performance across successive assessments. Across OECD countries, 8.4% of students are top performers in reading. Shanghai-China has the largest proportion of top performers - 25.1%. Over 15% of students in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore are top performers in reading, as are more than 10% of students in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, Korea, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway and Chinese Taipei.