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Top 10 countries that does best at Reading, Mathematics and Science

To assess the academic standards of nations there is an index of measurement and it is known as OECD. The recent survey that has been conducted worldwide suggests clearly that United Kingdom is performing poorly in reading and science. And that UK has been overtaken by Poland and Norway. As a matter of fact, the results reveal that Poland and Norway are faring far better as compared to developed nations like United Kingdom.

The program for International Student Assessment or Pisa is a highly revered examination globally. This assessment examination enables the politicians and policy makers of the state to assess the education system of their individual countries and also compare the same with the education system of other countries. Last year’s PISA results clearly point to the fact that UK's reputation of being the most educated is at risk. UK thus currently ranks 25th for reading, 28th for maths and 16th for science. Poland however has a far better performance than UK, while Norway surpassed Poland’s results in academic standards.


Top 10 countries Best at Reading


  1. South Korea with an OECD score of 539
  2. Finland with an OECD score of 536
  3. Canada with an OECD score of 524
  4. New Zealand with an OECD score of 521
  5. Japan with an OECD score of 520
  6. Australia with an OECD score of 515
  7. Netherlands with an OECD score of 508
  8. Belgium with an OECD score of 506
  9. Norway with an OECD score of 503
  10. Estonia with an OECD score of 501


Top 10 countries Best at Mathematics


  1. South Korea with an OECD score of 546
  2. Finland with an OECD score of 541
  3. Switzerland with an OECD score of 534
  4. Japan with an OECD score of 529
  5. Canada with an OECD score of 527
  6. Netherlands with an OECD score of 526
  7. New Zealand with an OECD score of 526
  8. Belgium with an OECD score of 515
  9. Australia with an OECD score of 514
  10. Germany with an OECD score of 513


Top 10 countries Best at Science


  1. Finland with an OECD score of 554
  2. Japan with an OECD score of 539
  3. South Korea with an OECD score of 538
  4. New Zealand with an OECD score of 532
  5. Canada with an OECD score of 529
  6. Estonia with an OECD score of 528
  7. Australia with an OECD score of 527
  8. Netherlands with an OECD score of 522
  9. Germany with an OECD score of 520
  10. Switzerland with an OECD score of 517


Based on the literacy figures of the nations as estimated by PISA, the nations are categorized as literate nations or illiterate nations and based on which they are further categorized as, developed and underdeveloped nations.

Each country participating in the PISA assessment aims to deliver the best so that the overall picture of country becomes good. From the above data it is lucid that South Korea is best in reading as well as Mathematics, but Finland is the best in Science. However, from the bottom it appears that Estonia and Germany stand at last ranks in the top 10 list for Reading and Mathematics respectively whereas, Switzerland is at 10th rank of Science.

Source - www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/dec/07/world-education-rankings-maths-science-reading
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