This new video series takes a look at high-achieving education systems and model schools around the world to see what makes them successful. This series is a co-production with the Pearson Foundation; visit their “Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education” page for more information about Singapore.
Singapore Fast Facts
When Singapore gained its independence in 1965, most of its population of two million people were unskilled and illiterate.
The government invested in education, and by the early 1970s, all children had access to lower secondary education.
In 2009, the first year Singapore participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests, they placed near the top for all tested subjects: fifth for reading, second for mathematics, and fourth for science. See all 2009 PISA scores.
In Singapore sixth grade students are working on solving math problems that 95% of US students don’t attempt until the 8th grade at the earliest. There are 40 students per classroom, the parents speak three different languages at home, the textbooks, teachers guides and related are all printed in English and are paperback, their supplemental math program is Heymath.com which was developed in India. A well thought out, well executed very effective process.