Timss: England slips in global maths rankings as Asia excels

England holds steady in science but East Asia continues to dominate with Singapore sweeping the board as the world's top-ranked schools system, according to Timss 
England has slipped down an international league table based on the performance of primary and secondary pupils in maths, results published this morning reveal.


The Timss (Trends in International Maths and Science Study) shows that England’s maths scores in tests taken by 10 and 14-year-olds rose in 2015, compared with the previous study in 2011.


However, improved performances from other countries meant that England's 10-year-olds slipped from ninth to 10th place, while secondary pupils slipped from 10th to 11th.


In science, England’s scores also improved, and 10-year-olds remained at 15th place in the table while 14-year-olds moved up one place to eighth.


East Asia once again dominated the top places in rankings, compiled from the test results from 580,000 pupils. Singapore came first in both subjects, at both age groups.


Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan took the next four places in maths for both age groups; leaving the same group of five Asian systems at the top of the table as in 2011.


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