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World class Hong Kong education system

Posted by | December 4, 2013 | living-in-hong-kong, moving-to-hong-kong

2012 Pisa tests

Comparative Education Systems

The 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, (‘Pisa’) tests are run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. These two-hour tests in maths, reading and science are taken by 500,000 15-year-old pupils.

The resulting international league tables are used to compare standards in different countries. Individual pupils don’t get results, it’s education systems.

Although access to and the cost of EMI education is an ongoing issue, the report underlines the fact that we have a world class Hong Kong education system.

As reported by the BBC:

  • The table-topping Asian education systems, such as Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong, are not just beating everyone else, they are accelerating further ahead.
  • Vietnam has a higher standard of education than the United States. Think how unlikely that once would have seemed. Think of the turn of history’s wheel.
  • South Korea’s children are the least happy at school, as well as being among the highest achievers.
  • The happiest schoolchildren, according to data gathered alongside the tests, are in Indonesia and Peru. These have among the worst results in the world.
  • The UK’s results have failed to show any real sign of movement and are flat-lining.
  • If the US state of Massachusetts had been ranked like a separate country it would be one of the best in the world. The mediocre US national score conceals a wide divergence between states.

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Author: Marion Udall

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