A week after the Quality Education Study, conducted by Wipro Applying Thought in Schools and Educational Initiatives, found that India’s “best schools” lagged global peers, a study on learning standards coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), ranked the country nearly at the bottom of its rankings of 74 countries, sounding another warning to education policymakers.
Shanghai tops the PISA ranking in all three parameters—overall reading, mathematics and scientific literacy.
A snapshot of abilities can be gained by examining the mean performance of 15-year-old students. The tables list the mean figures.
Girls significantly outperformed boys in overall reading proficiency, on average, in all countries. But in mathematics and science, the results were a mixed bag.
In India, Himachal Pradesh had a relatively low gender difference favouring girls in reading—a 10-point score.
How reading performance is affected by school governance
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Data compiled by Prashant K. Nanda
Graphics by Ahmed Raza Khan/Mint
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