In Brief

Fifteen-year-old students from across the world took part in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which gauges their math literacy. Here are the nations' scores in rank-order.

Country                                                                            Average math
                                                                                       
 literacy score

1. Finland                                                                                544
2. South Korea                                                                        542
3. Netherlands                                                                         538
4. Japan                                                                                  534
5. Canada                                                                               532
6. Belgium                                                                               529
7. Switzerland                                                                          527
8. Australia                                                                              524
9. New Zealand                                                                        523
10. Czech Republic                                                                   516
11. Iceland                                                                              515
12. Denmark                                                                           514
13. France                                                                               511
14. Sweden                                                                             509
15. Austria                                                                              506
16. Germany                                                                           503
17. Ireland                                                                              503
18. Slovak Republic                                                                  498
19. Norway                                                                              495
20. Luxembourg                                                                       493
21. Poland                                                                               490
22. Hungary                                                                            490
23. Spain                                                                                485
24. United States                                                                     483
25. Portugal                                                                            466
26. Italy                                                                                 466
27. Greece                                                                              445
28. Turkey                                                                              423
29. Mexico                                                                              385

Source: Program for International Student Assessment