Top Performing Countries

Learn about the world’s best performing education systems and what sets them apart.

Australia Australia is pioneering a national curriculum and national assessments developed in a collaboration of the states and the federal government. Find out how Australia is achieving nation-wide consistency and success under this system.
CanadaCanada, due to a wide series of reforms in the past two decades, has emerged as a educational leader in international assessment rankings. Learn more about how increased teacher autonomy and targeted policy directives changed the way Canadian students learn.

Shanghai-ChinaShanghai-China’s students topped the international rankings their first time out of the gate. Discover how this education-driven city taught its students to be so successful.
FinlandFinland’s education system is widely acknowledged as one of the best in the world. Click here to see how world-class teacher training drives success in this Nordic country.

Hong KongHong Kong, driven by a diverse population with ever-changing needs, has refocused its education system to mesh with its international economic goals. Explore the policies that pushed them to the top.
JapanJapan’s students work harder and learn more than students in almost any other country. Discover how Japan has relieved student pressure without decreasing student performance.

South KoreaSouth Korea’s education system underwent a series of rapid changes in the second half of the 20th century resulting in a comprehensive school system and a 70% increase in adult literacy. Find out what this world leader is doing now.
NetherlandsThe Netherlands provides multiple educational pathways in vocational and general education to ensure that its graduates can meet workforce needs. Learn more here.

New Zealand New Zealand is a leader in early childhood support and has a robust national qualifications system for secondary education and beyond. Read more about their programs and initiatives.
SingaporeSingapore, a tiny island nation, built a world-class national education system from scratch. Explore how their Ministry of Education is promoting 21st-century education for all.

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