Our education system now ranked ninth in global table
IRELAND's education system has been ranked ninth in a global league table.
The table looked at 40 countries and compared performances in skills such as reading, maths and science as well as graduation rates from second and third-level, where Ireland is strong.
Literacy levels were also considered for the league table.
The top four achievers are all from East Asia – topped by South Korea – followed by Finland, UK, Canada, Netherlands and Ireland.
Ireland has moved up one place since 2012, when it was ranked 10th.
The report is a compilation of the results and rankings from a range of international tests such as OECD's PISA survey on the educational performance of 15-year-olds and two US-based studies: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Timss) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (Pirls).
The Learning Curve report, Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment, is published by education and publishing firm, Pearson.
Junior education minister Sean Sherlock said the report concluded that student and parent engagement in academic performance was key.
He said the up-skilling of adults was vital to reduce the decline in skills achieved in school.