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ERIC Number: ED523055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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Improving Performance: Leading from the Bottom. PISA in Focus. No. 2
OECD Publishing (NJ1)
Since the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) 2000 and 2009 surveys both focused on reading, one can track in detail how student reading performance has changed over that period. Among the 26 OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries with comparable results in both assessments, Chile, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Korea, Poland, Portugal, and the partner countries Albania, Brazil, Indonesia, Latvia, Liechtenstein and Peru all show overall improvements in reading performance. The fact that such a diverse group of countries succeeded in raising the level of their students' performance in reading indicates that improvement is possible regardless of a country's cultural context or where it starts out from. For example, Korea was already among the best-performing countries in 2000 and it improved further by 2009, Poland moved from below the OECD average to above it, and Chile rose from a relatively low performance rank to one that is much closer to that of other OECD countries. This issue of "PISA in Focus" suggests that improving reading performance among low achievers is not only possible in every country, it is essential for reducing inequalities in learning outcomes and improving a country's overall performance in reading.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment