2016 Pisa Rankings: UK stagnates while Asia moves ahead

Originally published on 9th December on TheEducator.com

The latest Pisa rankings from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have once again been dominated by Asian education system with Singapore claiming first place, followed closely by Japan. Taipei, Macao, Vietnam, Hong Kong and mainland China, all join Singapore and Japan, to total seven Asian economies in the Pisa Top 10, while the highest ranking Western nations are Estonia (3rd), Finland (5th) and Canada (7th).

The Programme for International Student Assessments (Pisa) are the closest thing there is to a global standarised assessment, and despite what some critics say, there is general agreement that this programme provides the most reliable global indicator of student achievement.

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Daniel Maxwell is a writer and educator.

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