Education in China

I found the webpage for the organization, OECD,  that administers the Pisa. Here are a few tidbits from their website that give a little insight to what the Pisa is:

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. To date, students representing more than 70 economies have participated in the assessment.

PISA is unique because it develops tests which are not directly linked to the school curriculum. The tests are designed to assess to what extent students at the end of compulsory education, can apply their knowledge to real-life situations and be equipped for full participation in society. The information collected through background questionnaires also provides context which can help analysts interpret the results.

The “About Pisa” page on the site:

This is OECD’s webpage that reports the 2012 results of each participating country:

This is the BBC article that I had showed in class on Friday, where an Education expert from OECD calls Shanghai’s results ‘mind boggling’:

And this is the article from the Guardian that I pulled up in class that had the lovely graph:

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February 8th