The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has announced the results of the Program for International Student Assessment.
A combined 470,000 students over the age of 15 in 65 countries took the test. Shanghai topped the scores and this was China’s first participation in the test. Not only were Shanghai students tops in reading, math and science, they also had a major lead over the runners-up. In math China beat Korea 600-546.
International student assessment director Kim Gyeong-hee of the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation said, "The academic ability gap between Shanghai and the lowest ranking country is six years."
The Dong-a Ilbo notes that Shanghai students do not represent China as a whole but the results are nevertheless astounding and encouraging.