Regional gaps in academic results shrinking in Japan
Jiji Press -- Aug 26
Regional disparities are narrowing in the academic achievements of final-year students at elementary and junior high schools in Japan, reflecting significant performance improvements in low-ranking prefectures, recent national examinations revealed Monday.

According to the achievement exams conducted in April by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Okinawa Prefecture advanced to sixth place from last year's 47th of all 47 prefectures in the average score on basic understanding of arithmetic.

Part A of the exams evaluated basic understanding of the subject, while part B gauged the ability of students to apply knowledge in a practical way.

Sixth graders in Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture, raised their rankings by more than 10 places in all subjects, reflecting improvements in school classes.

47都道府県中、最下位だった沖縄県が大きく順位を上げました。 毎年、全国の小学6年と中学3年を対象に行われる学力テストの結果が発表され、小学生­は秋田県が7回連続のトップでした。前回、最下位の沖縄県は24位でした。
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