The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publishes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which is an assessment that allows for a comparison of educational performances between countries.
PISA is a worldwide evaluation of 15-year-old school pupils’ scholastic performance. It is coordinated by OECD, with a view to improving educational policies and outcomes. Each student takes a two-hour handwritten test. Part of the test is multiple-choice and part involves fuller answers. In total there are six and a half hours of assessment material, but each student is not tested on all the parts. Following the cognitive test, participating students spend nearly one more hour answering a questionnaire on their background including learning habits, motivation and family.
In the last one, this was how they finished:
Maths: China #1, U.S #30
Sciences: China #1, U.S. #23
Reading: China #1, U.S #17
No sub-Sahara African nation participated. China seems very impressive. When will Nigeria send our kids?