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:

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.

Country Total Score Reading Score Math Score Science Score
China1731556600575
Hong Kong1637533555549
Finland1631536541554
Singapore1630526562542
Japan1588520529539
Canada1580524527529
New Zealand1572521519532
Taiwan1558495543520
Netherlands1556508526522
Australia1556515514527
Liechtenstein1555499536520
Switzerland1552501534517
Estonia1541501512528
Germany1530497513520
Belgium1528506515507
Poland1503500495508
Iceland1503500507496
Norway1501503498500
United Kingdom1500494492514
Denmark1497495503499
Slovenia1496483501512
Ireland1491496487508
France1491496497498
United States1489500487502
Hungary1487494490503
Sweden1486497494495
Czech Republic1471478493500
Portugal1469489487493
Slovakia1464477497490
Latvia1460484482494
Austria1460470496494
Italy1458486483489
Spain1452481483488
Luxembourg1445472489484
Lithuania1436468477491
Croatia1422476460486
Greece1419483466470
Russia1405459468478
United Arab Emirates1378459453466
Israel1376474447455
Turkey1363464445454
Serbia1327442442443
Chile1317449421447
Bulgaria1296429428439
Uruguay1280426427427
Romania1279424427428
Thailand1265421419425
Mexico1260425419416
Trinidad And Tobago1240416414410
Montenegro1212408403401
Jordan1207405387415
Brazil1203412386405
Colombia1196413381402
Kazakhstan1195390405400
Argentina1187398388401
Tunisia1176404371401
Azerbaijan1166362431373
Indonesia1156402371383
Albania1153385377391
Qatar1119372368379
Panama1107371360376
Peru1104370365369
Kyrgyzstan975314331330