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Max Fisher’s map for The Washington Post

Today is a big day for people who care about education. Every three years, an organization called the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests 15-year-olds around the world on reading, math and science. Its latest report just came out, comparing the standardized test’s 2012 results across 60 countries and four cities.

The map up top shows the average test scores for each country or city. Bluer countries have higher average scores; redder countries have lower scores. Purple countries fall in the middle.

First, a caveat against drawing too many conclusions from these data: The PISA report covers some very, very different countries. It’s not really fair to compare cities against entire countries, since urban areas tend to outperform non-urban areas in education. And it’s certainly not fair to compare rich countries that can afford lots of public education programs against poorer countries that can’t, except perhaps to drive home that having a robust and well-funded government can make it easier to educate lots of students… MORE


Pisa 2012 results: which country does best at reading, maths and science?

How do countries compare for reading, maths and science performance? The latest Pisa results from the OECD show which countries are making the biggest improvements and which could do better
Pisa 2012 results – how do scores compare by subject and country. Click on the image for the full size graphic

The latest Programme for International Assessment (Pisa) results are out today. The release by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that the UK has seen slight improvements in maths and reading performance but has slipped down four places in the overall ranking for science.

The UK is ranked 23rd for reading, 26th for maths and 20th for science. In 2009 it was placed 25th, 28th and 16th respectively. Shanghai tops the overall ranking with Singapore and Hong Kong being placed second and third place respectively.

Since 2000, the OECD has attempted to evaluate the knowledge and skills of 15-year olds across the world through its Pisa test. More than 510,000 students in 65 economies took part in the latest test, which covered maths, reading and science, with the main focus on maths – which the OECD state is a «strong predictor of participation in post-secondary education and future success.»

The triennial results provide a wealth of data – from which countries are making the biggest improvements in education ranking to how the gender gap varies by subject. We’ve picked out some key figures from the report… MORE

OECD’s new (Programme for International Student Assessment) report:  (Over 500.000 students evaluated)

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