Very good news. I quote:
England's 10-year-olds have shown the biggest improvement in maths of any country since 1995, according to international tables published today.
The annual Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Timss) for 2007 shows that English 10- and 14-year-olds were the highest achieving students overall in maths and science in Europe, welcome news for the government which has been under political attack for declining standards.
I know we are just talking about improvement rather than absolute ranking, but this is good news indeed. The absolute ranking for British students is 7, behind Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Kazakhstan (???!!!!!), Taiwan, Korea, Russia etc. So good news again. Good work teachers and students.