Education Rankings By Country 2019
Education levels vary between countries around the world. In general, people in underdeveloped and undeveloped countries do not have access to quality education or education at all. Those in developed nations have higher literacy rates and at least a basic high school education.
According to the Global Partnership for Education, education plays a key role in human, social, and economic development. Education is considered to be a human right and plays a key role in human, social, and economic development. Education promotes gender equality, promotes peace, and increases a person’s chances of having more opportunities in life.
The best countries for education are ranked based on a perception-based global survey, which used a compilation of scores from three equally-weighted attributes: a well-developed public education system, would consider attending university there, and provides top-quality education. As of 2018, the top ten countries based on education rankings are:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
- The Netherlands
Education rankings are dependent upon many different aspects of learning, like completing primary school or graduating high school. Let’s take a look at countries by categories on a smaller scale to give you an idea of how each country’s education systems perform on average.
Countries by Primary School Completion Rate
Countries by Secondary School Completion Rate
Countries by High School Completion Rate
Countries by Collegiate-Level School Completion Rate
Education Rates of Children Around the World
Most findings and ranking regarding education around the world involves adult literacy rates and levels of education completed; however, some studies look at current students and their abilities in different subjects.
One of the most reviewed studies regarding education around the world involved 470,000 fifteen-year-old students. Each student was administered tests similar to the American SAT or ACT exams. The SAT and ACT are both standardized tests used for college admissions. The SAT covers writing and language, reading, and math with an optional essay section, while the ACT has English, math, reading, and science reasoning with an optional essay section. The SAT is scored on a scale of 400-1600, combining the scores of two sections (math and critical reading and writing), which are scored on a scale from 200 to 800. Each of the four sections of the ACT is scored on a scale of 1-36, and then averaged and rounded to the nearest whole number to receive a composite score.
Students that participated in the study were given exam questions that tested their reading, math, and science abilities. The answers were reviewed and each exam received a score, which was later taken into account when finding the average score for each of the three subject matters. By taking a look at how children from each country performed on the exams, you can get a feel for how the literacy rates and education levels of people compare from one country to the next. Based on this study, China received the highest total score of 1731 and the highest score in all three sections.
Below is a table with each country’s total score and scores on each section of reading, math, and science.