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ERIC Number: ED504064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-4
Pages: 56
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
PISA 2006: Science Competencies for Tomorrow's World. Executive Summary
OECD Publishing (NJ1)
PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment) is a triennial survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds. It is the product of collaboration between participating countries and economies through the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), and draws on leading international expertise to develop valid comparisons across countries and cultures. More than 400 000 students from 57 countries making up close to 90% of the world economy took part in PISA 2006. The focus was on science but the assessment also included reading and mathematics and collected data on student, family and institutional factors that could help to explain differences in performance. This report summarises the main findings. The report notes that males and females showed no difference in average science performance in the majority of countries, unlike reading and mathematics. However, similarities in average performance mask other gender differences: in most countries, females were stronger in identifying scientific issues, while males were stronger at explaining phenomena scientifically. This is the third PISA survey: PISA 2000 focused on reading; PISA 2003 focused on mathematics. With science being the main assessment area for the first time, results in PISA 2006 provide a baseline for future measures of change in the subject. (Contains 6 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment