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Scandinavia school science slowcoach Norway gets left behind in PISA polls. OSLO: Norwegian school pupils' performance in math and the sciences has declined in the past three years, the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment tests show. Reading skills are variable too. Math skill levels measured by the PISA 2012 presented a significant decline of 9 points compared to 2009 (external link) to 489. As a Nordic country, Norway also trails Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. These countries got 519, 500, and 493, respectively. Sweden got 478.

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Scandinavia school science slowcoach Norway gets left behind in PISA polls

Published on Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013 at 15:41 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 3rd December 2013 at 16:38.

OSLO: Norwegian school pupils' performance in math and the sciences has declined in the past three years, the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment tests show. Reading skills are variable too.

Education Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen
'Norway's got a science problem. We must be more ambitious,' an animated Minster stated today.Education Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen
Photo: ©2013 Linn Schjerven/The Foreigner


Math skill levels measured by the PISA 2012 presented a significant decline of 9 points compared to 2009 (external link) to 489.

As a Nordic country, Norway also trails Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. These countries got 519, 500, and 493, respectively. Sweden got 478.

Norway’s scores when it came to science subjects also dropped compared with 2009, getting 500 against 495 now (external link).

Again, this is lower than Finland’s 545 and Denmark’s 498. Sweden and Iceland did worse here, with 485 and 478, respectively.

Incumbent Norwegian Conservative (H) Education and Research Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen is far from happy with the triennial PISA survey’s results.

“The new PISA survey shows that we have a science problem in Norway. It’s deeply worrying. The results are simply not good enough,” he said.

“We must have higher ambitions than staying around the average level among OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries,” declared the Minister at Tuesday’s press conference in Oslo.

Norway is within the OECD (mean) average bracket when it comes to the sciences (494), and slightly below it in math (501). But these are still not results, “we can be satisfied with,” added Minister Isaksen.

The PISA 2012 survey results were slightly different when it came to Norwegian students’ reading skills.

They have improved since the last time, albeit just slightly, with 503 in 2009, against 504 now – though female pupils still did better than their male peers.

And whilst below Finland with its 524 points, Norway also comes second amongst the Nordics. Denmark gets 496 points, while Iceland and Sweden ‘tie’ with 483. The OECD’s mean average is 496.

At today’s PISA 2013 press conference in Oslo, Norway’s Education and Research Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said the government is to boost investment in continuing education for teachers. He believes this is a solution to improving future results. An extra NOK 310 million (some EUR 37.43 million at today’s ROE) has been set aside for this.

“I am convinced that teachers want more professional input,” declared Minister Isaksen.  

“Good teachers will have the opportunity to be even better with our teacher boost,” he concluded.

More than 510,000 students in 65 countries participated in the latest PISA test – 34 were OECD countries. Shanghai-China, Singapore, and Hong Kong-China came top in all three disciplines.

15-year-olds at 198 Norwegian schools took part this time around.




Published on Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013 at 15:41 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 3rd December 2013 at 16:38.

This post has the following tags: pisatests, norwayeducation, norwayschools.





  
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