The methodology used to rank the countries in the first-quarter, includes their last year ranking, the amount the country spends to educate a student a year, their nation’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) investment in education, and the results of an international public opinion poll of students, teachers and parents.
Japan, the country that finished first in last year’s poll, is ranked number one, followed by the United Kingdom, South Korea, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Canada and the United States of America. The remaining 10 nations include Singapore, Russia, Ireland, New Zealand, Israel, France, China, Germany, Portugal and Sweden.
India, which was the overwhelming winner in the online public opinion poll, finished twenty-fourth. Mr. Albert Mitchell II, CEO and Executive Director of NJ MED (New Jersey Minority Educational Development)
Mr. Mitchell II, added “We want, and we need to hear from the grassroots level, what is helping and what is not working in giving every child an opportunity to reach their full potential; which starts from a strong and inclusive structure to educate and prepare a person to be a contributor in society. That’s why, we’ve added a new pre-poll first-quarter ranking report, which will analyze a country’s investment in education as well as ask the people who deliver, receive and pay for education, their opinion.”
The next three World Top 20 Education Poll quarter rankings will combine data resources from the world’s top research data banks- the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS); Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS); and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’
The 2014 World Top 20 Education Poll first quarter report can be viewed at http://youtu.be/