This week the results were announced for the Olympics of education. As they have for many years now, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan took home the medals, according to the Guardian. The contest was the quadrennial match of brainpower called the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, known fondly as the Timss, a worldwide measure of schoolchildren's achievements, coordinated by Boston College and the non-profit International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. In both the Timss and the other gold standard international test, the Pisa - the Programme for International Student Assessment, an OECD test of 15-year-olds' knowledge


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