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PISA 2006 Science Competencies for Tomorrow's World

PISA 2006: Science Competencies for Tomorrows World presents the results from the most recent PISA survey, which focused on science and also assessed mathematics and reading.

Key findings

  • Finland, with an average of 563 score points, was the highest-performing country on the PISA 2006 science scale.
  • Six other high-scoring countries had mean scores of 530 to 542 points: Canada, Japan and New Zealand and the partner countries/economies Hong Kong-China, Chinese Taipei and Estonia. Australia, the Netherlands, Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Ireland, and the partner countries/economies Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Macao-China also scored above the OECD average of 500 score points.
  • On average across OECD countries, 1.3% of 15-year-olds reached Level 6 of the PISA 2006 science scale, the highest proficiency level. These students could consistently identify, explain and apply scientific knowledge, and knowledge about science, in a variety of complex life situations. In New Zealand and Finland this figure was at least 3.9%, three times the OECD average. In the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and Canada, as well as the partner countries/economies Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Hong Kong-China, between 2 and 3% reached Level 6

ISBN: 9789264040144
Publication: 04/12/07
Languages: English/French

News Details

27/11/2009
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