econintersect.com
       
  

FREE NEWSLETTER: Econintersect sends a nightly newsletter highlighting news events of the day, and providing a summary of new articles posted on the website. Econintersect will not sell or pass your email address to others per our privacy policy. You can cancel this subscription at any time by selecting the unsubscribing link in the footer of each email.



posted on 27 February 2016

Asian Cities Tussle For Top Spot In New Education Ranking As London Left Behind

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by John Jerrim, UCL Institute of Education

Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai have come top of a new ranking of how teenagers in cities and states around the world perform on global maths, reading and science tests. London, despite showing a marked improvement in domestic exam results in recent years, has not come out highly on the ranking.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is perhaps the world's most influential educational assessment. Conducted every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), it is widely used to compare educational standards across the world.

Results from PISA are typically reported at the country level - setting out how the reading, science and mathematics skills of 15-year-olds in one country compare to their peers in another. Now the OECD has expanded its interest into benchmarking regional economies, such as Canadian provinces, Chinese cities and American states. Perhaps the most prominent example is Shanghai, China, which topped the PISA mathematics, reading and science rankings in both 2009 and 2012.

In my new research, using combined data from the PISA tests in 2009 and 2012, I have estimated PISA scores for a number of major world cities for the first time. These results are presented in the graph below, focusing on how educational standards in London compare to some of the world's other major regional economies.

There are some striking results. With an average PISA mathematics score of around 480, 15-year-olds in London are around three school years behind their peers in Shanghai. The average score across OECD countries is 500, and for the rest of around 495. In London, where the data covered 42 schools and 1,057 pupils, only the top 10% of children can match the mathematics skills of the average 15-year-old in Shanghai. On the other hand, children in Riga, Latvia, achieve at or above the OECD average across the PISA reading, science and mathematics domains.

There are several possible explanations for this result. Countries differ in many ways, including education systems, teaching methods, use of out-of-school tuition and the role parents play in shaping their children's education. It would therefore be wrong to interpret these results as suggesting there is a problem with London schools. Yet, what it clearly does show is that the reading, mathematics and science skills of the average 15-year-old in London is way below that in several other major world economies - a situation that needs to be resolved.

As PISA grows in terms of its political influence, it is likely that interest in such regional estimates is only likely to grow. Some commentators have argued that such comparisons are likely to be much more meaningful than the standard PISA country-level reports. I agree and think it's good news that the OECD has now announced the launch of a new study on social and emotional skills in cities, and the further benchmarking of regional economies in upcoming waves of the PISA tests.

The ConversationJohn Jerrim, Lecturer in Economics and Social Statistics, UCL Institute of Education

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

>>>>> Scroll down to view and make comments <<<<<<

Click here for Historical News Post Listing










Make a Comment

Econintersect wants your comments, data and opinion on the articles posted.  As the internet is a "war zone" of trolls, hackers and spammers - Econintersect must balance its defences against ease of commenting.  We have joined with Livefyre to manage our comment streams.

To comment, using Livefyre just click the "Sign In" button at the top-left corner of the comment box below. You can create a commenting account using your favorite social network such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or Open ID - or open a Livefyre account using your email address.



You can also comment using Facebook directly using he comment block below.





Econintersect Contributors


search_box

Print this page or create a PDF file of this page
Print Friendly and PDF


The growing use of ad blocking software is creating a shortfall in covering our fixed expenses. Please consider a donation to Econintersect to allow continuing output of quality and balanced financial and economic news and analysis.


Take a look at what is going on inside of Econintersect.com
Main Home
Analysis Blog
Democratic Development Lowers the Cost of Credit
Is Growing Household Debt An Economic Counter-Dynamic?
News Blog
'I Can Live With Either One': Palestine, Israel And The Two-state Solution
Where Snapchat's Users Come From
What We Read Today 26 February 2017
INAUGURATION DAY: A Bad Lip Reading Of Donald Trump's Inauguration
Did The Dodd-Frank Act Make The Financial System Safer?
A Close Look At The Decline Of Homeownership - Part Five Of Five
Do Institutional Investors Chase Returns?
Infographic Of The Day: How To Survive A Deadly Snake Bite
Early Headlines: Global Mfg 1970-2010, No Refugee Spike, GOP Health Proposal Leak, GOP Town Halls, Trump's Debt Decrease, Macron Gains, China's $9 Trn Moral Hazard, Americans Oppose Wall And More
Premium Seats At Premium Events Equal Premium Prices
Earnings And Economic Reports: Week Starting 27 February 2017
Time Crystals: How Scientists Created A New State Of Matter
Cost Of War Against ISIS Reaches 11 Billion Dollars
Investing Blog
Snapchat Is In The Money Burning Business
Technical Thoughts: How To Buy The Dips
Opinion Blog
Why Winning The French Presidential Election Could Be A Poisoned Chalice
Unintended Consequences Of Corporate Tax Incentives
Precious Metals Blog
Deflation And Gold: A Contrarian View
Live Markets
24Feb2017 Market Close: Wall Street Rose From Session Lows To Close In The Green Near The Unchanged Line, Short-Term Indicators And Analysts Questioning Continuing Bull Run
Amazon Books & More






.... and keep up with economic news using our dynamic economic newspapers with the largest international coverage on the internet
Asia / Pacific
Europe
Middle East / Africa
Americas
USA Government





























 navigate econintersect.com

Blogs

Analysis Blog
News Blog
Investing Blog
Opinion Blog
Precious Metals Blog
Markets Blog
Video of the Day
Weather

Newspapers

Asia / Pacific
Europe
Middle East / Africa
Americas
USA Government
     

RSS Feeds / Social Media

Combined Econintersect Feed
Google+
Facebook
Twitter
Digg

Free Newsletter

Marketplace - Books & More

Economic Forecast

Content Contribution

Contact

About

  Top Economics Site

Investing.com Contributor TalkMarkets Contributor Finance Blogs Free PageRank Checker Active Search Results Google+

This Web Page by Steven Hansen ---- Copyright 2010 - 2017 Econintersect LLC - all rights reserved