Friday, November 30, 2007

Finland number one - again

OECD has published some preliminary info about the 2006 PISA survey because some of the results were published in Spain earlier. The full report will be published on 4 December.
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Finland takes number one spot in OECD's latest PISA survey, advance figures show

29/11/2007 - Finland once again takes the number one spot in OECD's three-yearly PISA test of the abilities of a sample of 15-year old secondary-school students, followed by Hong Kong (China) and Canada in second and third place, according to advance details of results that will be published in full next week.

See table "Range of rank on the PISA 2006 science scale".

The table summarises the performance of 15-year-olds in science. It shows three main pieces of information:

The average score of the country on the science assessment. Across the 30 OECD countries the scores are statistically standardised to have an average of 500 points.
The rank of the country compared to other OECD countries.
The rank of the country compared to all the countries which participated in PISA 2006.

Sample test questions from the PISA 2006 assessment here

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Of the neighbouring countries Estonia is number 5, Sweden 22, Norway 33, and Russia 35. Sweden falls in the catecory Not statistically significantly different from the OECD average but USA as 29th is Statistically significantly below the OECD average.

Year 2000 the survey concentrated on literacy, 2003 on problem solving and 2006 on science.


JesieBlogJourney said...

I looked at the sample questions. I have a tendency to like math.
It's interesting to remind ourselves that in simple tasks such as the construction of the roof attic, we need math too.

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