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PISA 2015: Finland leads, Norway improves. Finland continues its educational superiority among the Nordic Countries, the latest triennial rankings show. The nation, that is ahead regarding social progress and leads asylum applications, is in front on science, reading, and mathematics. The latest mean average results from the highest OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) for these three subjects are 531, 526, and 511, respectively.

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PISA 2015: Finland leads, Norway improves

Published on Saturday, 10th December, 2016 at 15:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Charlotte Bryan   .
Last Updated on 10th December 2016 at 18:53.

Finland continues its educational superiority among the Nordic Countries, the latest triennial rankings show.

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Pencil and pen collection
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The nation, that is ahead regarding social progress and leads asylum applications, is in front on science, reading, and mathematics.

The latest mean average results from the highest OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) for these three subjects are 531, 526, and 511, respectively.

This is despite the respective average three-year trend drops of 11, 5, and 10 on the previous PISA rankings for 2012.

Norway, a country that has an Education Ministry with little time for international polls, shows improvements in science, reading, and mathematics in comparison to last time.

The OECD now gives the nation a mean average of 498 for science (+3), 513 for reading (+5), and 502 for mathematics (+1).

And while the OECD area’s mean averages for these are 493, 493, and 490 (all -1 in relation to PISA 2012), respectively, this is the first time that Norway’s 15-year-olds lead in all three subjects here.

“There are many indications [showing] that we are on the right path,” said Norway’s Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, in a statement. “We must thank the teachers and principals for the important work that they’re doing. The PISA survey shows that much is going well in Norwegian schools.”

There are still major differences between the genders regarding reading, however, with 21 per cent of boys at the lowest levels. It is nine per cent for girls – a difference of a whole schoolyear, according to PISA.

“The Government will continue to focus on a good learning environment and strengthening basic skills in school,” Minister Røe Isaksen declared.

A further look at the results shows that Denmark is ahead of Norway when it comes to science and mathematics, with respective scores of 501 and 511. Danish 15-year-olds are given 500 for reading.

At the same time, both Sweden and Iceland trail their Nordic allies in all three subjects.

Sweden gets 493 for science (-4), 500 for reading (+1), and 494 for mathematics (-5). Iceland scores worst, with 473 (-7), 482 (-9), and 488 (-7), respectively.

The top five countries in the latest PISA survey, in descending order, are Singapore, Japan, Estonia, Chinese Taipei, and Finland. The UK and the US are placed 15th and 25th, respectively.

Tunisia, FYROM (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Kosovo, Algeria, and the Dominican Republic are placed bottom (in descending order).

Over half a million 15-year-old students from 72 countries took part in international two-hour tests.

PISA tests are conducted using a random selection of boys and girls of this age, who act as representatives of their nation.




Published on Saturday, 10th December, 2016 at 15:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Charlotte Bryan   .
Last updated on 10th December 2016 at 18:53.

This post has the following tags: education, schools, curriculum, pisa, sciences, paywall.





  
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