We're scoring quite well on education – but we could be doing better
Can we say on the basis of results published yesterday that Ireland now has the world-class educational system to which we aspire?
Based on the performance of Irish students on reading literacy and science we can say that we are in a reasonably strong position. In PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) 2012 Ireland came fourth out of 34 OECD countries in literacy and ninth in science, although we are still behind Asian countries such as China, Korea and Singapore.
Paper-based reading sees us at the same level as in 2000 and performance in digital reading is also well above the average for OECD countries. Performance on paper-based science is at its highest level yet.