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How Shanghai Does It

by on April 15, 2024 | Top Stories

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Key Findings

  • Shanghai has topped two consecutive rounds of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests in reading, mathematics and science.
  • Shanghai’s stellar performance on international tests is linked to a strong education system with efficient public financing.
  • Shanghai’s policies and investments have created a great teacher workforce, established clear learning standards and regular student assessments, and struck a balance between autonomy and accountability in school management.

The report “How Shanghai Does It” highlights how the city’s education system stands out as one of the strongest in the world, translating smart education policies into excellent learning results. It documents and benchmarks key policies in Shanghai’s basic education system, provides evidence on the extent to which these policies have been implemented in schools, and explores how these policies and their implementation have affected learning outcomes.

A comprehensive evaluation was conducted using the Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER), the World Bank’s global platform for benchmarking education systems, and complemented with detailed school surveys, key informant interviews, and detailed literature review. 

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