PISA 2012 results out

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which tests the proficiency of half a million 15-year-olds in 65 nations and economies across the globe in order to assess what and how students are learning and what it takes to create sustainable education systems.

On 3 December 2013, the OECD released the results of PISA 2012, finding that top scorers in maths are Shanghai-China (China is represented by high-performing cities), Singapore, Hong Kong-China, Chinese Taipei and Korea; in reading, Hong Kong-China, Singapore, Japan and Korea; and in science, Hong Kong-China, Singapore, Japan and Finland.

The third volume of the PISA 2012 report is entitled ‘PISA 2012 results: Ready to learn: students’ engagement, drive and selfbeliefs’ and examines the cost of student truancy.

On average, across participating countries, 15% of students were absent without leave from maths class in the two weeks prior to the PISA test. PISA researchers say that missing maths could result in a score lower than 32 points per affected student, and ‘playing hooky’ all day could be associated with a 52-point lower score.

Schools will obviously pay overall for student truancy. Croatia, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, Chinese Taipei and Vietnam saw a 10 percentagepoint increase in the proportion of students who skipped school and “a decline in the school’s average mathematics performance of between 10 and 34 score points, after accounting for the socioeconomic status and demographic background of students and schools and various other school characteristics”. By contrast, in most high-performing school systems, such as Hong Kong-China, Japan, Korea and Shanghai-China, truancy is almost non-existent.

The 2012 PISA report also found that students who ate a home-cooked meal with their families every evening were less likely to skip school. Relationships with teachers was another significant factor.

Other research has consistently suggested that poor sanitation at school in developing countries is likely to cause an increase in school absenteeism.

Category: Autumn 2014

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