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Asian countries top global education assessment test PISA

Apr 2 (): Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report on the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) on Tuesday. The results reveal Asian countries headed by Singapore have taken the top 7 spots in this latest programme on problem solving ability among 15-year-old students.

Asian pupils outdid their other counterparts in the test to assess the problem-solving skills. The report said students from Korea (South) and Singapore have best performed in their first Pisa assessment exam for creative problem-solving. The students from these countries are very quick in learning, highly intrusive and are capable of solving unstructured problems in unfamiliar contexts.

The Singaporeans have also performed well in the subjects – literacy reading skills, mathematics and science that were assessed in the same test, but the results of those assessment were released in 2013 December. This clearly suggests that Singapore is among the handful of countries and territories that shined in many of the assessments.

In the yesterday’s results published by OECD on problem-solving assessment, Singapore has sealed 562 points – the highest score – it was just one point ahead of South Korea. OECD said the difference between the points taken by Singapore and South Korea was negligible. Singapore also has the highest ratio of top-performing students, almost 3 times that of the OECD average.

OECD conducts the PISA test once every three years. The PISA test is said to be the most powerful international scorecard under education systems in the world. It is an international measuring scale for assessing secondary students or 15-year-olds in several countries.

While testing the problem-solving skills, instead of testing their theoretical knowledge, tests were conducted to examine how students could use their knowledge in practical situations. Nearly 85,000 students from 44 places took part in the computer-based test, comprising of real-life situations, to measure the skills young people will use when faced with everyday problems, the report said.

India did not take part in the PISA test. The country took part in the PISA rankings in 2009-10 for the first and last time, when it was ranked 73rd among 74 participating economies.