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PISA highlights the attainment gap within countries

THE RESULTS OF THE LATEST PISA survey have been published. PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment) is a survey conducted every three years by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). It aims to compare the performance of schools and education systems worldwide by assessing 15/16-year-olds in three main subjects – mathematics, science, and reading – with a special focus on one subject per survey. PISA 2012 was the fifth survey, with a special focus on mathematics. Around 510,000 students took a two-hour paper-based test, with some taking an additional computer-based test. All the students, and their principals/head teachers, also completed questionnaires about their background.

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May 2014