PISA 2022: Estonia consistently among the world’s best

The PISA 2022 educational survey published on December 5th 2023, shows that the knowledge and skills of Estonian 15-year-olds are at the absolute top in Europe and in the top eight in the world, with the top countries in Asia. This time, the study focused on mathematics but also assessed students’ skills in science and […]

An Estonian island school is designing education

What happens when a school principal is a designer? Saaremaa State Gymnasium offers insights into how design thinking can transform education. The article by Marian Männi was published first on the Research Estonia webpage. Saaremaa State Gymnasium opened its doors two years ago. Situated on the largest Estonian island, this shiny new building accommodates over 500 […]

Balancing innovation and tradition: Interview with Minister of Education on Estonian education

Estonia’s Minister of Education and Research, Kristina Kallas, recently sat down with e-Estonia to discuss the nation’s educational landscape. The conversation delved into the key factors behind Estonia’s educational success, digitalisation’s role, and the sector’s future goals. The interview offers insights into how Estonia maintains its global competitiveness in education while balancing traditional teaching methods […]

New book: Insights from 5 leading education systems, including Estonia

In a rapidly changing world, the quest for the perfect education system is an ongoing endeavor. Parents, educators, and policymakers around the globe are constantly seeking inspiration from the world’s leading education systems. The book “Building a World-Class Learning System: Insights from some top-performing school systems” by Geoff Masters delves into the educational landscapes of […]

The AI debate in Estonian education: A balanced approach

As the new school year arrives, teachers and the education ministry alike are revisiting the question of artificial intelligence (AI). The overriding opinion seems to be that instead of banning it, AI should be adapted to, and ways to make it work to one’s advantage should be explored, reported Estonian TV lately. AI tools such […]

Estonia’s State Exams to Become Electronic

Estonia’s state exams will be gradually digitized, with plans to make them entirely electronic by 2027. Estonian and foreign language exams will be among the first to be digitized in 2025, followed by high school exams in 2027. Education and Youth Board (Harno) believes that electronic exams are useful for measuring the skills students need […]

Estonia ranks 4th in Media Literacy Index 2022

Estonia has been ranked fourth in the Media Literacy Index 2022, produced by the Open Society Institute-Sofia. Finland, Norway, Denmark and Estonia, followed by Sweden and Ireland, with nearly identical scores, are at the top of the ranking of the Media Literacy Index 2022. As in previous years, Finland remains No. 1 among the 41 European […]

Webinar: General Education in Estonia

Why are Estonian students’ PISA results among the best in the world? What has the state done for this, and what do Estonian teachers consider the reason for this? Take the opportunity to listen those who know school-life from their own experience: both speakers, Kai Koort, project manager of Education Estonia, and Mari Roostik, head […]

Estonia hopes to turn school canteens into restaurants

Last October saw the launch in Estonia of the ‘Farm-to-School’ project, which in a nutshell is about offering school kids meals made with ingredients sourced locally. The brainchild of the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), the project aims to improve kids’ health and promote small producers. Launched simultaneously in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the project […]

How Estonia put “e” in education?

Estonia relies strongly on its citizens’ digital skills, enabling them to use a wide range of online services. However, the government recognised its responsibility to help people to obtain the required skills and focused strongly on the group with the biggest impact – its children and youth. The article by Erika Piirmets, digital transformation adviser at […]