Dec 3, 2019

Survey: Chinese students outperforming in reading, math and science

Grade three senior high school students study for the upcoming 2019 National College Entrance Exam in Beijing. Photo: Visual China Group/Getty Images

Chinese students tested better in reading, math and science than students in any other country, according to a triennial study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development (OECD).

The big picture: “The quality of their schools today will feed into the strength of their economies tomorrow,” OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria told Bloomberg. Most other OECD countries saw no overall improvement in their students' performances since they were last tested in 2015.

What they found: 600,000 15-year-old students in 79 countries took a two-hour exam to test their skills in reading, math and science.

  • Chinese students consistently ranked at the top in reading, math and science.
  • American students performed above the OECD average in reading and science, but below in math.
  • Socioeconomic backgrounds can still predict the quality of education a student will likely receive.
  • 1 in 10 disadvantaged students scored in the top quarter of reading performance in their country, "indicating that disadvantage is not destiny," per the survey's findings.
  • On average across OECD countries, girls significantly outperformed boys in reading by 30 points.
  • 17% of immigrant students scored in the top quarter of reading performance.

Worth noting: Some of the countries with the highest-performing education systems recently achieved this status.

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International college student enrollment falls for third consecutive year

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A new Institute of International Education report shows that the number of international students newly enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities fell by 1% last academic year, per AP.

Why it matters: The drop marks the third consecutive year that enrollment for international students dipped, following 7% and 3% decreases in the two previous years, which were the first downturns in more than a decade.

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Bernie Sanders becomes top candidate for college students

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Over the last two months, Bernie Sanders has overtaken Elizabeth Warren as the top 2020 Democratic candidate among college students, according to a new College Reaction/Axios poll.

The big picture: Warren's recent decline among college students mirrors polling of the general population, but while Pete Buttigieg has been gaining among all voters during that time, Sanders is the one who's gained the most among students.

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ICE arrested 250 foreign students enrolled in the government’s fake university

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ICE has arrested about 250 foreign students since January for immigration violations because they enrolled in a fake university created by federal officials that advertises a graduate program for technology and computer studies, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Background: Federal law enforcement officials created the University of Farmington based in the Detroit metro area in January 2016. The school was staffed with undercover agents acting as university officials. DHS even went so far as to have the fake school listed on its own website, as well as on an accreditation agency's site.

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