Tuesday, December 3, 2013

3/12/2013: Some top level results from PISA 2012: Part 2

In previous post I covered the PISA results (top-level overview) for Ireland (http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2013/12/3122013-some-top-level-results-from.html). Here's a summary table showing 2012 data and changes on previous survey:





  • As you can see, Ireland is ranked in a respectable 20th Mathematics place based on the mean score. 
  • We rank 29th in terms of top performers in mathematics and 17th in terms of share of bottom performers in mathematics. This suggests that our system is performing better in raising students from the bottom than promoting students to the top. The first is a good thing, the latter is a bad thing.
  • Another bad thing is that we are losing scores, down 0.6 points annually on previous survey.
  • Ireland's maths score is statistically indistinguishable from the scores for Viet Nam, Austria, Australia, Slovenia, Denmark, New Zealand, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom
  • And we are statistically above the OECD average along with 22 other countries.

Relationship between annualised change in performance and average PISA 2003 mathematics scores:

  • In reading, our mean score of 523 ranks us between 7th and 9th in the world - highly respectable achievement. However, the score is down 0.9 points year on year.
  • We are comfortably ahead of OECD average here
  • Our score on reading is statistically indistinguishable from Finland, Chinese Taipei, Canada, Poland, Liechtenstein.
Relationship between annualised change in performance and average PISA 2000 reading scores

  • In science we have a score of 522 which ranks us 14th to 15th which is good. Even better: the score has increased by 2.2 points year on year.
  • We are statistically above the OECD average and our science score is indistinguishable from that of Viet Nam, Poland, Canada, Liechtenstein, Germany, Chinese Taipei, Netherlands, Australia, Macao-China, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
Relationship between annualised change in science performance and average PISA 2006 science scores

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