China Ahead of U.S. But No Sub-Sahara African Nation in OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)


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?



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