The 16 Countries With The Smartest Kids

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The National Center for Education Statistics have just released two interesting reports: the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study & the 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.

Surprise, surprise, America actually did pretty well.

The study ranked fourth graders in the areas of math, science, and literacy. Here is the list of the top 16 countries with the smartest kids.

16. Sweden

Science score: 533 Math Score: 504 Reading and literacy score: 542

15. Hungary

Science score: 534 Math Score: 515 Reading and literacy score: 539

14. Czech Republic

Science score: 536 Math Score: 511 Reading and literacy score: 545

13. Portugal

Science score: 522 Math Score: 532 Reading and literacy score: 541

12. Ireland

Science score: 516 Math Score: 527 Reading and literacy score: 552

11. Germany

Science score: 528 Math Score: 528 Reading and literacy score: 541

10. Netherlands

Science score: 531 Math Score: 540 Reading and literacy score: 546

9. Denmark

Science score: 528 Math Score: 537 Reading and literacy score: 554

8. England

Science score: 529 Math Score: 542 Reading and literacy score: 552

7. Northern Ireland (UK)

Science score: 517 Math Score: 562 Reading and literacy score: 558

6. United States

Science score: 544 Math Score: 541 Reading and literacy score: 556

5. Russia

Science score: 552

Math Score: 542 Reading and literacy score: 568

4. Finland

Science score: 570 Math Score: 545 Reading and literacy score: 568

3. Chinese Taipei

Science score: 552 Math Score: 591 Reading and literacy score: 553

2. Hong Kong

Science score: 535 Math Score: 602 Reading and literacy score: 571

1. Singapore

Science score: 583 Math Score: 606 Reading and literacy score: 567

Paul Hudson | Elite.