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November 27, 2002

Japan 2nd in UN Education Poll

In a table that the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) describes as "the first 'big picture' comparison of the relative effectiveness of education systems across the developed world", Japan is ranked second, after South Korea. "It is based not on the conventional yardstick of how many students reach what level of education, but on testing what pupils actually know and what they are able to do," UNICEF said. Its conclusions were based on combining results of tests conducted by the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, and the Trends in International Math and Science Study, or TIMSS, and also factored in results of the International Adult Literacy Survey. Canada ranked 4th, Australia 5th, the UK 7th, New Zealand equal-10th and the US 18th out of the 24 countries. UNICEF web site

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