Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Best Education on Earth - Part I: The PISA Test

So what country has the best education? What country should we look to while examining the educational standards of our perspective countries?
The following table is the ranked results of a PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) survey. The surveys purpose was to measure the scholastic performance of various countries, as well as their practical applications. The test was administered by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) to 15 year olds around the globe in most of the educated countries. The only major exception to this would be mainland China who did not take the test (though Hong Kong did).
Ranking
Mathematics
Science
Reading
1
Taiwan
Finland
South Korea
2
Finland
Hong Kong
Finland
3
Hong Kong
Canada
Hong Kong
4
South Korea
Taiwan
Canada
5
Netherlands
Estonia
New Zealand
6
Switzerland
Japan
Ireland
7
Canada
New Zealand
Australia
8
Macau
Australia
Liechtenstein
9
Liechtenstein
Netherlands
Poland
10
Japan
Liechtenstein
Sweden
11
New Zealand
South Korea
Netherlands
12
Belgium
Slovenia
Belgium
13
Australia
Germany
Estonia
14
Estonia
United Kingdom
Switzerland
15
Denmark
Czech Republic
Japan
16
Czech Republic
Switzerland
Taiwan
17
Iceland
Macau
United Kingdom
18
Austria
Austria
Germany
19
Slovenia
Belgium
Denmark
20
Germany
Ireland
Slovenia
Now who is conspicuously absent from the scores? I have already told you that the only significant absentee was mainland China which statement still stands. Our world leader in economics though, seems to have not made an entrance yet; perhaps it is due to the fact that their scores were too low to merit a ranking? No! That can`t be... There must be a mistake... There is no mistake in the test... We must accept it, the United States of America failed to merit a ranking in either mathematics or science. The only consolation is that we will never know how the American children would have done on the reading portion of the survey as the United States children were so confused about a misprint in the test that it and invalidated the results of the test.
If we arrange theses results to see which country has the best overall education according to the ranks (not the scores), we get the following.
Ranking
Country
Sum of Rankings
1
Finland
5
2
Hong Kong
8
3
Canada
14
4
South Korea
16
5
Taiwan
21
6
New Zealand
23
7
Netherlands
25
8
Liechtenstein
27
9
Australia
28
10
Japan
31
11
Estonia
32
12
Switzerland
36
13
Belgium
43
14
Slovenia
51
15
Germany
51
16
Ireland
45+
17
Macau
47+
18
Poland
49+
19
Sweden
50+
20
Czech Republic
51+
21
United Kingdom
25+
22
Denmark
54+
23
Austria
56+
24
Iceland
57+
*The Countries in the red are a lowest estimate. Meaning that they did not qualify in all three categories so I (not wanting to go the extra mile) decided instead of trying to figure out what exactly their ranking is, I would just assume the best possible and then put a plus sign next to it. This is why they are ranked lower than the countries in the black, as although it is hopeful and merciful to assume this, it is also unrealistic.

So there you have it! There is a good representation from Asia there, also from Europe. Some notable surprises to me where in the USA, in Russia(see Article from Moscow News), Germany and the UK, all of who got lower marks then I expected, and honestly I was surprised about Canada ranking so high among the world. Interesting....
Although this graph does not rate the entire education system or have explicit outset to do so, it is interesting to see how the countries children have absorbed these three testes areas.
Comments? Arguments? Leave a message I’ve spent way too much time making graphs and fooling with numbers.
P.S. I have figured out why Canada has such high numbers.... Canada is 11% Asian!




- - - - - - - - - - - - - March 22, 2010 Update - - - - - - - - - - - - -

I just came across a Wikipedia article on this PISA test. The test was designed to test all the catagories for all the countried ever 3 years but for each test period they would particularity focus on one of the three categories. On the year 2000 they preformed their first test with their focus on reading, in 2003 on math, in 2006 on science. It takes over a year to mark these tests. In 2009 they were to test reading again thus making a four year cycle.

Here is the graph of the focus years for the perceptive categories as provided by Wikipedia.




200020032006
Reading literacyMathematicsScienc
1. Finland546
2. Canada534
3. New Zealand529
4. Australia528
5. Ireland527
6. South Korea525
7. United Kingdom523
8. Japan522
9. Sweden516
10. Austria507
11. Belgium507
12. Iceland507
13. Norway505
14. France505
15. United States504
16. Denmark497
17. Switzerland494
18. Spain493
19. Czech Republic492
20. Italy487
21. Germany484
22. Hungary480
23. Poland479
24. Greece474
25. Portugal470
26. Luxembourg441
27. Mexico422
1. Finland544
2. South Korea542
3. Netherlands538
4. Japan534
5. Canada532
6. Belgium529
7. Switzerland527
8. Australia524
9. New Zealand523
10. Czech Republic516
11. Iceland515
12. Denmark514
13. France511
14. Sweden503
15. Austria506
16. Germany503
17. Ireland503
18. Slovakia498
19. Norway495
20. Luxembourg493
21. Poland490
22. Hungary490
23. Spain485
24. United States483
25. Italy466
26. Portugal466
27. Greece445
28. Turkey423
29. Mexico385
1. Finland563
2. Canada534
3. Japan531
4. New Zealand530
5. Australia527
6. Netherlands525
7. South Korea522
8. Germany516
9. United Kingdom515
10. Czech Republic513
11. Switzerland512
12. Austria511
13. Belgium510
14. Ireland508
15. Hungary504
16. Sweden503
17. Poland498
18. Denmark496
19. France495
20. Iceland491
21. United States489
22. Slovakia488
23. Spain488
24. Norway487
25. Luxembourg486
26. Italy475
27. Portugal474
28. Greece473
29. Turkey424
30. Mexico410


- - - - - - - - - - - - - April 6, 2010 Update - - - - - - - - - - - - -

2 comments:

Susan said...

The reason why the U.S. doesn't do so well in education is because we are required to teach every child in our country. This includes children whose first language is not English, and children who have disabilities like down syndrome. In other countries, only the "elite" are taught, because their education is not "free" like the U.S. So those scores reflect the smartest of the smart, and do not include others who cannot afford an education.
Also, teachers in the U.S. are not valued like teachers in other countries. Our teachers are paid less and are less respected.
The end!
:)

Lynden Jensen said...

Here are some interesting statistics on education:

% of Secondary Graduate
England - 50.6%
Australia - less then 69%
Canada - 76.1%
USA - 85%

% of Post secondary Degrees
USA - 27%
England - 30.9%
Australia - 34%
Canada - 53.4%

Labels

Political (16) Religion (10) Canada (8) Music (8) Personal (8) USA (8) Science (7) Christianity (6) LDS (6) Mormon (6) Philosophy (6) History (5) kick off (5) gnx (4) gnx4 (4) Dan Brown (3) General (3) Global Warming (3) Mission (3) Psychology (3) Review (3) The American Way (3) Anthropocentric Climate Change (2) Anthropocentric Global Warming (2) Army (2) Book (2) Book Review (2) CO2 (2) Carbon Dioxide (2) Conspiracy (2) Denmark (2) Education (2) Global Climate Change (2) Islam (2) Japan (2) Jeremy Bentham (2) John Stuart Mill (2) Marriage (2) Musical Review (2) Obama (2) PISA (2) Personal Narrative (2) Propaganda (2) Russia (2) Statisitcs (2) Statistics (2) The Best Education on Earth (2) The Lost Symbol (2) Utilitarianism (2) $1 (1) Alan Colmes (1) Album Review (1) Alignment (1) Animal Rights (1) Aristotle (1) Art (1) Assisted Suicide (1) Attention (1) Attraction (1) Availability Heuristic (1) Babism (1) Bahaism (1) Bahrain (1) Bible (1) Bill Keller (1) Bill O'Reilly (1) Biography (1) Book of Mormon (1) Britian (1) Buddhism (1) Bush (1) Business (1) Capitalism (1) Carlin (1) Catholic (1) Childhood (1) Children (1) China (1) Cognition (1) Confirmation Bias (1) Credit (1) Cupid (1) David Hume (1) Debt (1) Disney (1) Donald Duck (1) ENSO (1) Economics (1) Education Index (1) El Nino (1) El-Nino Southern Oscillation (1) Elain L. Chao (1) Election (1) Enders Game (1) English (1) Euthanasia (1) Felicific calculus (1) Firearms (1) Flat Earth Society (1) Forum (1) France (1) Fred Singer (1) GP5 (1) Games (1) Germany (1) Greg Craven (1) Guitar Pro (1) Guitar Pro 5 (1) Gun Control (1) Guns (1) Health Care (1) Health Care Reform (1) Hinduism (1) Holiday (1) Hong Kong (1) Human Resources (1) Imperial System (1) Impressionism (1) Index of Economic Freedom (1) India (1) Iraq (1) Jainism (1) Jesus Christ (1) Judaism (1) Khabibullo Abdusamatov (1) Kierkegaard (1) La Nina (1) Laissez-Faire Capitalism (1) Laissez-Faire Leadership (1) Leadership (1) Leadership Psychology (1) Leadership Style (1) Linkin Park (1) Lit Review (1) Literature Review (1) Loony Toons (1) Magnets (1) Masons (1) Metric System (1) Mitt Romney (1) Money (1) Musical Equipment Review (1) Myth (1) NASA (1) Nevada (1) Occam's Razor (1) Occult (1) Opposites Attract (1) Organizational Behavior (1) Organizational Psychology (1) Original Song (1) Orson Scott Card (1) PEI (1) Physics (1) Polygamy (1) Quran (1) Relationships (1) Republican (1) Republican Primary (1) Research (1) Review. (1) Science Fiction (1) Scotland (1) Scott Gordon (1) Sensory (1) Sex (1) Shintoism (1) Sign of Jonas (1) Sikhism (1) Soren Kierkegaard (1) Speaker for the Dead (1) Standard System (1) Talk (1) Technology (1) The Heritage Foundation (1) The Wall Street Journal (1) Theo Van Gogh (1) Tim Patterson (1) Valentine's Day (1) Van Gogh (1) Video Games (1) Videos (1) Vincent van Gogh (1) Violence (1) War (1) Water (1) Welcome (1) bill (1) church cover (1) copen (1) cover (1) currency (1) digitech (1) first blog (1) hedonistic calculus (1) media (1) posters (1) thermohaline circulation (1)