World class Hong Kong education system
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.
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.
Author: Marion Udall
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