December 7, 2016

Finland continues in the top PISA gang

Finland is the only country where girls are more likely to be top performers than boys.
Finland is the only country where girls are more likely to be top performers than boys.
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Overall, Finnish 15-year-olds rank fifth best in the world in the OECD study that evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.

PISA 2015 tested around 540 000 15-year-old students in 72 countries and economies on science, reading, maths and collaborative problem-solving. This time, the main focus was on science.

Finland is the only country where girls are more likely to be top performers than boys. It’s also one of the few countries where at least nine out of ten 15-year-old students master the basics that are expected from every student upon leaving school.

The report reveals the policies in place that successful countries share: high and universal expectations for all students; a strong focus on great teaching; resources targeted at struggling students and schools; and a commitment to coherent, long-term strategies.

The number one country in the ranking was Singapore. Alongside with Finland, the top OECD countries were Japan, Estonia and Canada.

 

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