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Programme for international student assessment 2000 — scotland analysis

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PROGRAMME FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSESSMENT 2000 - SCOTLAND ANALYSIS

Reading Proficiency Levels

2. In Scotland, 3.3 per cent of 15 year olds failed to attain the lowest reading proficiency level, demonstrating serious deficiencies in their ability to use reading as a tool for the acquisition of knowledge and skills. However, the proportion of students who failed to reach this level across all OECD countries was much higher. Only in Korea, Japan and Ireland did fewer than 3.3 per cent of pupils fail to reach this level. The highest reading level was achieved by 15.3 per cent of pupils in Scotland. This was bettered in only Australia, Canada, Finland, New Zealand and the UK as a whole.

Table 2. PISA reading proficiency levels, by country

Proficiency levels

Below Level 1

(less than 335 score points)

Level 1

(from 335 to 407 score points)

Level 2

(from 408 to 480 score points)

Level 3

(from 481 to 552 score points)

Level 4

(from 553 to 625 score points)

Level 5

(above 625 score points)

%

S.E.

%

S.E.

%

S.E.

%

S.E.

%

S.E.

%

S.E.

OECD countries

Australia

3.3

(0.5)

9.1

(0.8)

19.0

(1.1)

25.7

(1.1)

25.3

(0.9)

17.6

(1.2)

Austria

4.4

(0.4)

10.2

(0.6)

21.7

(0.9)

29.9

(1.2)

24.9

(1.0)

8.8

(0.8)

Belgium

7.7

(1.0)

11.3

(0.7)

16.8

(0.7)

25.8

(0.9)

26.3

(0.9)

12.0

(0.7)

Canada

2.4

(0.3)

7.2

(0.3)

18.0

(0.4)

28.0

(0.5)

27.7

(0.6)

16.8

(0.5)

Czech Republic

6.1

(0.6)

11.4

(0.7)

24.8

(1.2)

30.9

(1.1)

19.8

(0.8)

7.0

(0.6)

Denmark

5.9

(0.6)

12.0

(0.7)

22.5

(0.9)

29.5

(1.0)

22.0

(0.9)

8.1

(0.5)

Finland

1.7

(0.5)

5.2

(0.4)

14.3

(0.7)

28.7

(0.8)

31.6

(0.9)

18.5

(0.9)

France

4.2

(0.6)

11.0

(0.8)

22.0

(0.8)

30.6

(1.0)

23.7

(0.9)

8.5

(0.6)

Germany

9.9

(0.7)

12.7

(0.6)

22.3

(0.8)

26.8

(1.0)

19.4

(1.0)

8.8

(0.5)

Greece

8.7

(1.2)

15.7

(1.4)

25.9

(1.4)

28.1

(1.7)

16.7

(1.4)

5.0

(0.7)

Hungary

6.9

(0.7)

15.8

(1.2)

25.0

(1.1)

28.8

(1.3)

18.5

(1.1)

5.1

(0.8)

Iceland

4.0

(0.3)

10.5

(0.6)

22.0

(0.8)

30.8

(0.9)

23.6

(1.1)

9.1

(0.7)

Ireland

3.1

(0.5)

7.9

(0.8)

17.9

(0.9)

29.7

(1.1)

27.1

(1.1)

14.2

(0.8)

Italy

5.4

(0.9)

13.5

(0.9)

25.6

(1.0)

30.6

(1.0)

19.5

(1.1)

5.3

(0.5)

Japan

2.7

(0.6)

7.3

(1.1)

18.0

(1.3)

33.3

(1.3)

28.8

(1.7)

9.9

(1.1)

Korea

0.9

(0.2)

4.8

(0.6)

18.6

(0.9)

38.8

(1.1)

31.1

(1.2)

5.7

(0.6)

Luxembourg

14.2

(0.7)

20.9

(0.8)

27.5

(1.3)

24.6

(1.1)

11.2

(0.5)

1.7

(0.3)

Mexico

16.1

(1.2)

28.1

(1.4)

30.3

(1.1)

18.8

(1.2)

6.0

(0.7)

0.9

(0.2)

New Zealand

4.8

(0.5)

8.9

(0.5)

17.2

(0.9)

24.6

(1.1)

25.8

(1.1)

18.7

(1.0)

Norway

6.3

(0.6)

11.2

(0.8)

19.5

(0.8)

28.1

(0.8)

23.7

(0.9)

11.2

(0.7)

Poland

8.7

(1.0)

14.6

(1.0)

24.1

(1.4)

28.2

(1.3)

18.6

(1.3)

5.9

(1.0)

Portugal

9.6

(1.0)

16.7

(1.2)

25.3

(1.0)

27.5

(1.2)

16.8

(1.1)

4.2

(0.5)

SCOTLAND

3.3

(0.6)

9.0

(0.8)

18.8

(1.0)

27.1

(1.1)

26.5

(1.3)

15.3

(1.0)

Male

4.3

11.2

20.7

27.6

24.4

11.8

Female

2.4

6.3

16.8

26.7

28.8

19.0

Spain

4.1

(0.5)

12.2

(0.9)

25.7

(0.7)

32.8

(1.0)

21.1

(0.9)

4.2

(0.5)

Sweden

3.3

(0.4)

9.3

(0.6)

20.3

(0.7)

30.4

(1.0)

25.6

(1.0)

11.2

(0.7)

Switzerland

7.0

(0.7)

13.3

(0.9)

21.4

(1.0)

28.0

(1.0)

21.0

(1.0)

9.2

(1.0)

United Kingdom

3.6

(0.4)

9.2

(0.5)

19.6

(0.7)

27.5

(0.9)

24.4

(0.9)

15.6

(1.0)

United States

6.4

(1.2)

11.5

(1.2)

21.0

(1.2)

27.4

(1.3)

21.5

(1.4)

12.2

(1.4)

OECD total

6.2

(0.4)

12.1

(0.4)

21.8

(0.4)

28.6

(0.4)

21.8

(0.4)

9.4

(0.4)

Country mean

6.0

(0.1)

11.9

(0.2)

21.7

(0.2)

28.7

(0.2)

22.3

(0.2)

9.5

(0.1)

Non-OECD countries

Brazil

23.3

(1.4)

32.5

(1.2)

27.7

(1.3)

12.9

(1.1)

3.1

(0.5)

0.6

(0.2)

Latvia

12.7

(1.3)

17.9

(1.3)

26.3

(1.1)

25.2

(1.3)

13.8

(1.1)

4.1

(0.6)

Liechtenstein

7.6

(1.5)

14.5

(2.1)

23.2

(2.9)

30.1

(3.4)

19.5

(2.2)

5.1

(1.6)

Russian Federation

9.0

(1.0)

18.5

(1.1)

29.2

(0.8)

26.9

(1.1)

13.3

(1.0)

3.2

(0.5)

Chart 2. Proportion of male and female students performing at each reading literacy level, Scotland

bar chart