PISA results: Danish school kids still performing above OECD average

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Pisa, the OECD's programme for worldwide student assessment, measures 15-year-olds' ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges.

Chines students achieve the highest scores on OECD reading, math, and science evaluations.

For reading and mathematics, Danish students' development has remained stable, although boys did slightly worse in mathematics compared to 2015, while girls fared a little better.

The OECD says 600,000 students in 79 countries and regions sat the two-hour PISA test past year, including 6200 New Zealanders from 194 schools.

"These four provinces in eastern China are far from representing China as a whole, but the size of each compares to that of a typical OECD country", he wrote in the analysis of the results.

The average performance in science of 15-year-olds is 493 points, compared to an average of 489 points in OECD countries, the report states.

Among the least fearful were the Netherlands and Switzerland, with scores ranging from 35 per cent to 45 per cent, while Taiwan and Hong Kong were among the highest with scores of up to 89 per cent.

Malaysia is going in the right direction of education system reform, said education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin. 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.

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.

In Northern Ireland, Pisa 2018 was conducted from October 2018 to January 2019, with a representative sample of 2,360 15-year-old pupils in 75 schools.

While the trend of the results was either stagnant or downward, the OECD in its PISA 2018 country note for Indonesia said that "these results must be seen in the context of the vast strides that Indonesia has made in increasing enrolment".

The report says the performance gap between New Zealand's rich and poor students had narrowed from 104 points in 2009 to 96 points a year ago, slightly higher than the OECD average of 89 points, and few students from poor backgrounds performed at the highest levels.

There was particular focus on reading skills in this year's OECD analysis. "We need to make sure that like other high-performing countries we're attracting our best and brightest into teaching degrees at university", she said.

"We have observed continuing falls in our results since PISA began in 2000 and yet again the data tells us we have failed to lift our performance".

China participated in the study in 2009 when students from Shanghai were selected as representatives and came out as champions in all three categories.

The Education Ministry's deputy secretary, evidence, data and knowledge, Craig Jones, says the main reason the gap between rich and poor had narrowed was that average scores for children from well-off backgrounds had declined more than the scores of children from poor backgrounds.

The highest performing country was Singapore.

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