The World Top 20 Education Poll, published by NJMED, second quarter report shows Japan holds a 10 point lead over second place South Korea, and a twenty-eight point lead over third place, the United Kingdom, which surprisingly has a twelve point advantage over former world number one Finland.
The quarterly report information comes from data it receives from over 200 nation’s departments of education that provide updated information every 90 days. The report shows the UK ranks in the top 20 in all five major educational developmental levels - early childhood enrollment, test scores in reading, math, and science for 4th and 8th graders, and high school and college graduation rates.
Executive Director of NJMED, Albert Mitchell II said,“The Poll results are a strong indicator, of what each country needs to invest their resources to improve their education system, starting as early has pre-school. The UK results show their commitment to education, but the quality is lacking for students primary and secondary levels in Europe and internationally.”
Mr. Mitchell II added,“Data shows children who don't receive quality early learning enter school 12 to 18 months developmentally behind their peers. Of 50 children who have trouble reading in first grade, 44 will still have trouble by fourth grade, and if they're well below grade level in reading by fourth grade, they might never graduate from high school.”
The second quarter poll results are published at World Top 20 website. The next quarterly World Top 20 Education Poll report (worldtop20.org) will be published on September 30, 2013.