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Shanghai students top of the world in maths, science and reading

Shanghai ranked first in maths, science and reading in a three-yearly report on global education as students in Asian nations continued to outshine their Western counterparts. 

The report from the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is based on surveys of more than half a million 15-year-olds in 65 countries and regions.

Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea rounded out the top five in maths skills.

The so-called PISA report (Program for International Student Assessment) is the single largest study of global schooling.

It is highly influential among education officials, with participating countries representing more than 80 percent of the global economy and often adapting policy in response to the findings.

Shanghai's top rankings means its students are the equivalent of three years ahead of their counterparts with average scores, including those of many wealthy Western countries like Britain and France.

The first PISA survey was carried out in 2000, with 30 nations taking part, and Shanghai joined in 2009.


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