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Education Everywhere Video Series
This 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.
Shanghai, China Fast Facts
- With a population of 20.7 million, Shanghai is the largest city in China and the country's business center.
- Rapid economic expansion in Shanghai requires a steady flow of young workers who have creative problem-solving skills, and has pushed Shanghai to become a leader in educational innovation in China. Their evolution challenges the stereotype that Asian education systems are built for rote memorization of facts.
- In 2009, Shanghai's average Program for International Student Assessment scores were the highest in the world on all three subjects tested: reading, mathematics, and science.
- In China, about 24 percent of high school graduates (or their equivalent) go on to some form of higher education. In Shanghai, the average is over 80 percent.
- High levels of student engagement are a legacy of the Chinese culture's emphasis on education; students in Shanghai classrooms are typically intensely focused on class activities, and there is no tolerance for inattentive students.
- Among the many factors contributing to Shanghai's success is a districtwide program called Empowered Administration, where low-performing schools get long-term mentoring from high-performing schools or groups of retired expert educators.
- Shanghai was the first city in China to require ongoing professional development for educators. Every teacher completes 240 hours of professional development within five years.
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Source: Shanghai and Hong Kong: Two Distinct Examples of Education Reform in China PDF report by the OECD.