The new PISA-results are more than 2 weeks old now, still the discussions remain. CNN focuses on the educational gap in China. While many regions and cities score very high on the OECD-rankings, the truth is that China as a whole shows big differences.
“But one thing is for certain. The results are not representative of a nation. China as a whole does not take the PISA exam. Data on a number of Chinese cities and provinces is not yet published by PISA. China as a whole is expected to be included in the 2015 assessment.
Data from the Rural Education Action Program (REAP) at Stanford University in the United States provides a stark picture of how Shanghai’s education success is not repeated in China’s less wealthy, rural interior.
While 84% of high school grads in Shanghai go to college, less than 5% of China’s rural poor make it to university.”