Asian students top math, science, reading tests

Dec 11 2012, 17:07 IST
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Asian schoolchildren dominate in reading, math and science, coming in ahead of their peers in Europe and the US, according to an international study released Tuesday. (AP) Asian schoolchildren dominate in reading, math and science, coming in ahead of their peers in Europe and the US, according to an international study released Tuesday. (AP)
SummaryAsian schoolchildren dominate in reading, math and science, coming in ahead of their peers in Europe and the US, according to an international study released Tuesday.

Four years later, Russia's scores have surged and now surpass the US by a significant margin.

Globally, the gender gap appears to be closing. About half of the countries showed no statistically meaningful gap between boys and girls in math and science.

The tests are carried out by the International Association for Evaluation of Educational Achievement, a coalition of research institutions.

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