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Norwegian schools show little improvement in PISA tests. Norway’s education system is still only average, according to results from the latest PISA tests released today. There has only been a moderate improvement for youngsters in all three domains: reading proficiency, mathematics, and science since the last PISA tests (Program for International Student Assessment) were conducted in 2006. Four years ago, Norwegian schoolchildren were below the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) average, with the lowest level of reading skills since the first PISA tests were carried out in 2000.

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Norwegian schools show little improvement in PISA tests

Published on Tuesday, 7th December, 2010 at 21:55 under the news category, by Nicoleta Sincan.

Norway’s education system is still only average, according to results from the latest PISA tests released today.

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There has only been a moderate improvement for youngsters in all three domains: reading proficiency, mathematics, and science since the last PISA tests (Program for International Student Assessment) were conducted in 2006.

Four years ago, Norwegian schoolchildren were below the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) average, with the lowest level of reading skills since the first PISA tests were carried out in 2000.

Norway was then placed third among the Nordic countries, whilst the following tests showed Denmark and Sweden performed better, with over 500 points.

“We were shocked by the test results because many countries did not have their own quality assessment system. The Left Wing had refrained from this, so we didn’t actually know how Norwegian schools measured up,” Kristin Clemet, former Minister of Education, tells NRK.

The standard has now returned to what it was initially. Norway came 13th this time around, behind Finland in 3rd place but ahead of Denmark and Sweden, in 15th and 21st place, respectively.

The 1st and 2nd positions in reading proficiency are occupied by Shanghai and Korea. The other top 10 countries after Finland are Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore, Estonia, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands.

Dangerous                                                                        

The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) is mildly satisfied with how things have progressed, but things are far from satisfactory.

“There is a danger that people could rest on their laurels. The results from 2000 were considered mediocre,” says NHO’s Director, Svein Oppegaard.

Norway’s Minister of Education, and leader of the Socialist Left Party (SV) Kristin Halvorsen, admits there is still work to do.

“We are proud of our pupils’ improvement. At the same time we are carrying out measures to ensure that development continues in a positive direction”, she says in a press release.

Mimi Bjerkestrand, head of the Union of Education Norway (Utdanningsforbundet), fears the latest PISA’s results put the Norwegian schools’ policy in danger.

“We mustn’t misuse the investigation by believing it measures the quality of our educational institutions. However, we shall take these results seriously – in the areas they monitor,” she tells NRK.

More than 4600 15-year-old Norwegian schoolchildren participated in the tests.



Published on Tuesday, 7th December, 2010 at 21:55 under the news category, by Nicoleta Sincan.

This post has the following tags: pisa, oecd, tests, reading, mathematics, science, norwegian, schools, standards, kristin, clemet, kristin, halvorsen, education, nho, confederation, enterprise, union, mimi, bjerkestrand.





  
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