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Singapore Students Top the List


When it comes to education, teenage students in Singapore continue to outperform their peers.

According to a study released in December by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), students in Singapore are the world’s top performers in math, science and reading. Rounding out the top five performances based on the three categories were Japan, Estonia, Chinese Taipei and Finland. American students ranked 25th, an increase from a ranking of 36 out of 65 countries in 2013.

The recent Program for International Assessment (PISA) report surveyed 540,000 15-year-old students in 72 countries and economic zones. The US survey was based on an assessment given to students in North Carolina and Massachusetts only.

The most recent survey focused on science. Only 12 out of the 72 countries improved in science on the most recent assessment.

“A decade of scientific breakthroughs has failed to translate into breakthroughs in science performance in schools,” said Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary General. “Every country has room for improvement, even the top performers.”