Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

How do Sweden's Pisa school results compare to other countries?

How do Sweden's Pisa school results compare to other countries?

Within the United Kingdom, students from Northern Ireland slightly outperformed their counterparts in Wales but were a little behind those in England in reading, maths and science.

The PISA, administered by the OECD, is a triennial survey of 15-year-old students that assesses the extent to which they have acquired key knowledge and skills essential for full participation in society.

Further, Denmark has one of the smallest percentage of low performers in reading among socio-economically advantaged students (7 percent, rank 68/76), but mong disadvantaged students, the percentage of those who have no clear idea about their future job is one of the largest compared to other countries and economies (33.8 percent, rank 4/78). The ranking of US students improved only because the scores of students in other countries dropped.

In reading performance, 15-year-olds in Denmark score 501 points compared to an average of 487 points in OECD countries.

They have become the most influential rankings in worldwide education. In contrast, most developed countries have seen little improvement in their scores despite a 15% increase in education spending in the OECD area during that period, the organization noted.

In science, while Irish students scored significantly higher than the OECD average, the overall trend is negative, in particular the drop in number s achieving at the top of the scale, down nearly 4pc since 2006.

He said he was "confident that the changes which the Junior Cycle is bringing will help the development of our students' critical thinking".

She said they are wrestling with the impact of wider problems such as teenagers' general well-being and family incomes.


"It's very strongly related to reading achievement and more kids are saying that they're just not reading for enjoyment anymore", he says.

He said the OECD reports also recorded a drop in the use of printed materials that could be attributed to the digital age, namely access to chat rooms and easily available reading materials on news sites or portals.

Amin said the difference in reading behaviour between boys and girls showed that 77 per cent of boys read only for the information needed compared to 58 per cent of girls reading for the same objective.

Other OECD member countries include advanced developed countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan. Fewer students agreed that other students liked them and that they felt like they belonged at school, and more said they felt lonely and awkward at school. "In accordance with the President's directive to create great human resources, we will continue to try and make breakthroughs", he said in a statement on Tuesday.

Carr referred to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation's Report Card, results of which recently indicated US school children made "no progress" in reading or math over the past ten years.

A high school class in China.

"They've certainly got a very strong focus on early literacy, and a very strong focus on teaching of phonics in the early years", he says. "We should not accept anything less", he said.

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