New PISA study: England clearly outperforms the international average

According to the new PISA study published on 5 December 2023, English pupils have again improved significantly in the international rankings, especially in mathematics, making them one of the best performing countries in the western world.

Educational standards in England have risen significantly over the last 13 years in particular thanks to many government initiatives, and more than £5 billion has also been spent on supportive educational measures during the pandemic. As a result England has ranked 13th for both reading and science, having been placed at 14th and 13th respectively in 2018 and 25th and 16th in 2009.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment of 15-year-olds’ mathematics, reading and science ability. Conducted by the OECD, it is widely accepted as the international benchmark for academic attainment for secondary school pupils. 

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