PISA report concludes H&E students perform better than world averages
Herts & Essex is delighted that according to the PISA report their students performed better than world averages in Science and reading, and in Maths they were ranked in the top 10 worldwide.
PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The assessment is of 15-year-old school pupils' scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading. In November 2015, thirty Year 11 Herts & Essex students were randomly selected to sit the International PISA test. The international reports, published by the OECD, provide a snapshot of what 15-year-olds across the world know and can do in science, mathematics and reading. Because the 2015 PISA study focussed on science, the international results also document differences in the way that science teaching is organised and resourced, as well as pupils’ engagement and future aspirations relating to science.
The key findings of the OECD’s latest PISA study which were published in December 2016 were that Singapore outperforms the rest of the world. The study evaluated the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems. The top OECD countries included Japan, Estonia, Finland and Canada.
However, despite this general outcome, where the UK was ranked 27th in Maths, 22nd in reading and 15th in Science, the Herts & Essex sample group performed better than the rest of the world averages in Science and reading and in Maths was placed in the top 10 countries of the world averages. For Science, Singapore was top with an average of 556 and the England average was 512; the Herts & Essex average was 566. For reading, Singapore was top with an average of 535 and the England average was 498; the Herts & Essex average was 552. In Maths, Singapore was top with an average of 564 and the England average was 492; the Herts & Essex average was 518.
Mary Compton, Assistant Head: Science commented: “we are proud but not surprised by the outstanding results of Herts & Essex students. We have taught our girls to be independent, strong, intellectual scientists, readers and mathematicians. They are leaders of the future, ready for any and every challenge life will throw at them. Congratulations to our students for beating the rest of the world!"
The following websites provide further information on the PISA report and its data.