Last updated 21 July 2016

Asian Nations Dominate International Tests

 Asian Nations Dominate International Tests - Expatfinder.comAsians are generally known as an industrious and studious population as reflected on the value of education inculcated in young children. These traits are proven once again through a recent international test conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). OECD is an intergovernmental organization consisting of 34 countries; it aims to promote both economic and social well-being across the globe. Every three years, the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests the scholastic performance of thousands of high schools students from various countries and territories.

PISA is a triennial international assessment that aims to measure the educational system of more than 70 economies in the world. The assessment is taken by 15-year-old students wherein their reading, mathematics and science literacy are measured. Last year, more than 510,000 students took the test the proficiency in reading, math and science. There are plans to include problem-solving and financial literacy questions in the next assessment.

The results of the PISA 2012 are as follows.

1 Shanghai (China) Shanghai (China) Shanghai (China)
2 Hong Kong Singapore Hong Kong
3 Singapore Hong Kong Singapore
4 Japan Taiwan Japan
5 South Korea South Korea Finland
6 Finland Macao (China) Estonia
7 Ireland Japan South Korea
8 Taiwan Liechtenstein ietnam
9 Canada Switzerland Poland
10 Poland Netherlands Canada

To find out more details about the PISA 2012 results, click here.

China's largest city, Shanghai, has remarkably topped the results for all 3 subjects. Shanghai students scored 613 points in math, 570 in reading and 580 in science. Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and South Korea were also among those that scored the highest. Vietnam, a PISA first-timer, scored well above the OECD average.

East Asian countries have shown significant improvement as far as their education systems are concerned. The region is now considered as one of the top destinations for international students.

On the other hand, American students performed below the OECD average in the latest PISA. US Education Secretary Arne Duncan defined the results as a “picture of educational stagnation” towards American students. "We must invest in early education, raise academic standards, make college affordable, and do more to recruit and retain top-notch educators," she said. The world’s most powerful country should not despair, according to the PISA report. "Practice and hard work go a long way towards developing each student's potential, but students can only achieve at the highest levels when they believe that they are in control of their success and that they are capable of achieving at high levels," the report said.

KEYWORDS: Students, PISA, Asia

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