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Pisa tests: UK stagnates as Shanghai tops league table
The UK is falling behind global rivals in international tests taken by 15-year-olds, failing to make the top 20 in maths, reading and science.
England’s Education Secretary Michael Gove said since the 1990s, test performances had been “at best stagnant, at worst declining”.
Shanghai in China is the top education system in the OECD’s Pisa tests.
Within the UK, Scotland outperformed England at maths and reading, but Wales is below average in all subjects.
Mr Gove told MPs that his reforms, such as changing the curriculum, school autonomy and directing financial support towards poorer pupils, were designed to prevent schools in England from “falling further behind”.
He highlighted the rapid improvements that had been made in countries such as Poland, Germany and Vietnam.
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt called on Mr Gove to take some responsibility for the lack of progress…
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