Top Schools In Asia, OECD Report Says

By Dex Tennyson, for 20 May, 2015

A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) gives expats a useful guide to the countries with the most successful school systems.

The report is the first to compare data from the 76 countries that comprehensively monitor school performance. Focusing on "universal basic skills," the report compares student performance and the impact of the nations' education systems on their economies. Asian nations do very well, with Singapore in first place. Europe's top performers are Finland and Estonia. The highest-ranking English-speaking nations are Canada in tenth place, Ireland in fifteenth, and New Zealand in seventeenth. The UK took twentieth place.

The report found that overall achievement is best in those countries where teachers expect all pupils to do well. Some of the wealthiest nations, including the US, still have a high proportion of students who do not achieve "satisfactory" grades in basic skills.

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