The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released an international survey of 15-year-olds’ performance in reading, math and science on Monday, showing that of nearly 600,000 students from 79 countries and territories participating in the survey, mainland Chinese students ranked first, followed by students from Singapore, Macau, China and Hong Kong, China.
This is part of the OECD International Student Assessment Programme (PISA) major education test for 2018. Students from four provinces and cities in Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang took part in the survey on behalf of the Mainland of China. The survey shows that students in mainland China scored higher on reading, math and science tests than in other countries and regions.
The report found that digital technology has dramatically changed students’ extracurricular lives. Compared with 2009, the proportion of reading-loving students is lower, and students spend more time online. The report also shows that girls have significantly better reading skills than boys on average. In mathematics, boys perform slightly better than girls overall, but boys outperform girls in science.
The report shows that 11 countries and regions, including Australia, Canada and Denmark, offer more equal educational opportunities and are conducive to student development. In contrast, there are still many countries and regions facing the shortage of teachers, weak education infrastructure and other problems.
The Paris-based OECD has been organizing PISA tests every three years since 2000 to examine the abilities of students who complete the basic education phase in the three core subjects of mathematics, reading and science.