East Asian schools rank best in the world

A new list of global educational rankings published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has several East Asian countries at the head of the pack.

Singapore claimed the No. 1 spot, with Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan filling out the top five. The next four are European countries including the northern nations Finland and Estonia. Canada earned the 10th spot, but the US is ranked 28th – well below many less affluent countries, notably Vietnam, which came in at 12.

The study was based on test scores in math and science from 76 countries around the world. These OECD rankings differ from the think tank’s more well-known PISA education rankings in that it includes less affluent nations. READ MORE.