or “Who is behind us and why?”
or “Who is slipping backwards in the ratings, and, well what are they doing that we must avoid like the plague?”
Okay now we’ve got the title sorted, let’s see how the 15 year olds are doing around the world…
And more to the point – how the Kiwis are doing… *
|2009 Programme for International Student Assessment — test scores|
|#||Reading – Overall||Mathematics||Science|
|1||China: Shanghai||556||China: Shanghai||600||China: Shanghai||575|
|3||Finland||536||Hong Kong||555||Hong Kong||549|
|7||New Zealand||521||Liechtenstein||536||New Zealand||532|
|12||Norway||503||China: Macao||525||Chinese Taipei||520|
|23||Chinese taipei||495||Slovak Republic||497||United States||502|
|PISA average :||501|
|PISA average :||496|
|PISA average :||493|
|Reading – Overall||Mathematics||Science|
|28||China: Macao||487||United Kingdom||492||Iceland||496|
So, Out of 65 countries worldwide, New Zealand is 7th for Reading and Science, and 13th for Maths.
Now, where are the UK and USA – because we are following in their footsteps with Charter Schools, so they must be good, right?
- USA – 31st
- UK – 28th
- Oh, right, so 18 and 15 places behind New Zealand. Yeah, well, okay, but what about science?
- USA – 16th
- UK – 23rd.
- Where was NZ again? 7th? Sorry did you say seventh? So nine places above the USA and 16 places above the UK. Again, we beat them by miles. Hmmmm. And reading?
- USA – 17th
- UK – 26th
- Remind me again where NZ was? 7th. So 10 places ahead of Uncle Sam and 19 ahead of the Poms.
Why would we want to copy the faulty ideology of countries we are thrashing hands down?
If we want to improve even further, what about maybe paying attention to one of the countries consistently above us, instead?
* Sorry the table was so big, but I had to make it that long to keep the USA and UK visible there near the bottom…