The Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) is highly respected across the globe, and enables politicians and policy-makers to assess how different country's education systems compare.
It shows the
's reputation as one of the world's best for education is at risk, and has tumbled several places since 2006. UK
is ranked 25th for reading, 28th for maths and 16th for science. In 2006, when 57 countries were included in the study, it was placed 17th, 24th and 14th respectively. UK Poland has stretched ahead of the UK in maths, while is now ranked higher in reading and maths. Norway
Andreas Shleicher, head of the
Pisa programme, said the picture for the was "stagnant at best". "Many other countries have seen quite significant improvement," he added. UK
The New York Times noted:
China’s debut in international standardized testing, students in have surprised experts by outscoring their counterparts in dozens of other countries, in reading as well as in math and science, according to the results of a respected exam. Shanghai