Monday, December 3, 2007

Good News For Canadian Education


FINLAND produces the best science students, according to the OECD's three-yearly Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The survey, conducted in 2006, compares the performance of 15-year-olds in 57 countries in science, but also includes mathematics and reading. Finland, where new teachers require a masters degree and are paid well, is consistently ranked near the top in all three. Britain has pumped money into education in recent years, but has slipped down the rankings by ten places since the last science-based study in 2000. Its pupils do score above the country-average of 500, however, unlike those of other rich countries such as America and Italy.


--I'm assuming that this study is based on average scores. It would be interesting to see what the median score is for every country, and how much variance you see based on things like income, race, geography...ect. Get the full version here

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