Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.
In 2015 over half a million students – representing 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies – took the internationally agreed two-hour test. Students were assessed in science, mathematics, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy. This latest PISA shows there has been no significant change in England’s average maths, science or reading score since 2006.
Against its own 2012 ratings, Scotland fell 13 points in reading, 7 points in maths and 16 points in science. For reading, Scotland scored 493 points, 7 lower than England and 4 lower than Northern Ireland. The results for Wales in all areas have fallen since 2006.
Results in the survey show the ongoing strength of Asian (Singapore, Hong Kong) and northern European countries (Finland). The gap between the strongest performers and the rest is growing.
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