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It's official: the world's cleverest teens are in East Asia

Asia grabs six of top 10 spots in major, globally recognized survey

It's official: the world's cleverest teens are in East Asia

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Guardian Datablog International

December 4, 2013

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The latest Programme for International Assessment (Pisa) results are out today released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

...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."

"Asian countries outperform the rest of the world", according to the OECD, with Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Macau and Japan amongst the top performing countries and economies. Students in Shanghai performed so well in maths that the OECD report compares their scoring to the equivalent of nearly three years of schooling above most OECD countries.

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

Source: The Guardian 



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