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Thursday, 5th December 2013

PISA 2012 Results

Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

From Press Release:

Asian countries outperform the rest of the world in the OECD’s latest PISA survey, which evaluates the knowledge and skills of the world’s 15-year-olds.

The OECD’s PISA 2012 tested more than 510,000 students in 65 countries and economies on maths, reading and science. The main focus was on maths. Math proficiency is a strong predictor of positive outcomes for young adults. It influences their ability to participate in post-secondary education and their expected future earnings.

Shanghai-China, and Singapore were top in maths, with students in Shanghai scoring the equivalent of nearly three years of schooling above most OECD countries. Hong Kong-China, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Macao-China, Japan, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Netherlands were also in the group of top-performing countries....

The survey reveals several features of the best education systems. Top performers, notably in Asia, place great emphasis on selecting and training teachers, encourage them to work together and prioritise investment in teacher quality, not classroom sizes. They also set clear targets and give teachers autonomy in the classroom to achieve them.

Children whose parents have high expectations perform better: they tend to try harder, have more confidence in their own ability and are more motivated to learn.

+ Vol 1 (PDF; 9 MB)

+ Vol.2 (PDF; 9.2 MB)

+ Vol. 3 (PDF; 19.2 MB)

+ Vol.4 (PDF; 9.2 MB)

+ Lessons from PISA 2012 for the United States (PDF; 3.5 MB)

+ Country-specific overviews and interactive "Compare your country" feature

+ Press Release


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