An international study that began in the year 2000 named â€śProgramme for International Studentâ€ť PISA surveys education systems worldwide by testing their skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students of different participating countries.
In 2009 China participated for the first time ranking 1st in all three areas of reading, mathematics and science. PISA average scores are around 500. China scored 575 in Science, a 556 in Reading and 600 in Math. United States scored 502 in Science, a 500 in Reading and 487 in Math.
Like Finland I decided to look into how the Chinese Educational system is set up and the reason behind its success. One thing is for sure they work hard to obtain the best results possible in their test scores. PISA noted the phenomena and reported the following as well: â€śTypically in a Shanghai classroom, students are fully occupied and fully engaged. Non-attentive students are not tolerated,â€ť it said.
Shanghai also places great importance and care in training and nurturing their teachers who receive continuous support to improve their schools. According to Dr. Miller an observer of the Chinese Educational System points out that Shanghai invests heavily in education research and â€śis at the forefront of doing research to help teachers teach better,â€ť
So, what do Chinese schools look like?