Greece slips in scholastic PISA study rankings

Ireland’s 15-year-olds came third out of 27 EU countries for reading literacy

Alberta students scored third in the world in reading and fourth in science.

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".

Although he average class-size of 15 year-olds is comparatively small, a small proportion of students reported always feeling sad in Denmark, compared to other Pisa-participating countries and economies (rank 70/72), according to the report.

Reading issue Every sixth Danish student is also considered a weak reader, which is another concern that the education minister, Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil, hopes to address.

For reading it was ranked 11th equal with Sweden out of 79 participating countries and regions.

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

They have become the most influential rankings in worldwide education.

In science, while Irish students scored significantly higher than the OECD average, the overall trend is negative, in particular the drop in number s achieving at the top of the scale, down nearly 4pc since 2006.

The U.S. average score (502) was higher than the OECD average score (489) in science.

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For instance, according to the OECD only about 20% of 15-year-olds who took part in Pisa said they read magazines several times a month, compared with about 60% in 2009.

Carr reportedly said the fact that USA teens only performed at proficiency level on two of six levels in reading is "not good at all".

Craig says more students also reported that their classrooms were not good for learning.

Although pupils in Northern Ireland performed above the OECD average in reading tests, they were also less likely to read books and less likely to read for enjoyment than pupils in the OECD area as a whole.

'We concentrate high performing in kids in one school, and we concentrate low performing disadvantaged kids into other schools and that is a major structural problem'. But the index of sense of belonging was one of the highest (rank 8/75). "And they did as well as the 10% most advantaged students in some of those countries".

In a new category to test their perception of failure, students were asked to respond to three statements to assess how they felt when faced with failure. The number of students who skipped school in the two weeks before the test also increased, to 29 per cent. "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.

The highest performer was the grouped provinces of Beijing-Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang in China.

More than 600,000 students in 79 countries and regions took part in last year's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), including more than 14,000 Australian students in 740 schools. "We should not accept anything less", he said.

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