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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 (Reading Domains)

3. Reading literacy was measured on three scales - on retrieving information, on interpreting and on reflecting and evaluating. The scores on each scale represent degrees of proficiency in particular aspects of reading literacy .

4. In Scotland, the highest scores were achieved on the reflecting and evaluating scale. The gap between the two genders was largest also on this scale, although males were comfortably outperformed by females on all three scales.

5. Students in Scotland performed slightly better on retrieving information than on interpreting, although the difference was not significant.

6. Students in the UK as a whole performed even higher on the reflecting and evaluating scale than students in Scotland, despite lower overall reading performances. Scores were slightly lower than in Scotland on the retrieving information scale, and considerably lower on the interpreting scale. Gender differences were smaller in the UK on all three scales.

Table 3a Proportion of students performing at each reading proficiency level on the retrieving information scale, Scotland

Proportion of students performing at each proficiency level for retrieving information

Scotland

mean score

proficiency levels

below level 1

level 1

level 2

level 3

level 4

level 5

All

525

4.2%

9.0%

18.0%

26.8%

25.7%

16.4%

Female

540

2.6%

6.8%

16.9%

26.5%

27.0%

20.3%

Male

512

5.6%

10.8%

18.9%

27.2%

24.8%

12.8%

Table 3b Proportion of students performing at each reading proficiency level on the retrieving information scale, UK

Proportion of students performing at each proficiency level for retrieving information

UK

mean score

proficiency levels

below level 1

level 1

level 2

level 3

level 4

level 5

All

523

4.4%

9.4%

18.6%

26.9%

24.1%

16.5%

Female

534

3.0%

8.3%

17.3%

26.7%

26.5%

18.3%

Male

515

5.5%

10.1%

19.9%

27.4%

22.0%

15.1%

Table 4a Proportion of students performing at each reading proficiency level on the interpreting scale, Scotland

Proportion of students performing at each proficiency level for interpreting

Scotland

mean score

proficiency levels

below level 1

level 1

level 2

level 3

level 4

level 5

All

523

3.9%

10.0%

19.0%

26.5%

24.4%

16.2%

Female

537

2.4%

8.1%

17.3%

26.7%

25.9%

19.5%

Male

510

5.5%

11.5%

20.6%

26.2%

23.1%

13.1%

Table 4b Proportion of students performing at each reading proficiency level on the interpreting scale, UK

Proportion of students performing at each proficiency level for interpreting

UK

mean score

proficiency levels

below level 1

level 1

level 2

level 3

level 4

level 5

All

514

4.4%

11.0%

21.1%

26.6%

22.9%

14.0%

Female

527

3.0%

9.3%

19.2%

27.0%

25.5%

16.1%

Male

503

5.6%

12.2%

22.9%

26.4%

20.7%

12.2%

Table 5a Proportion of students performing at each reading proficiency level on the reflecting and evaluating scale, Scotland

Proportion of students performing at each proficiency level for reflecting and evaluating

Scotland

mean score

proficiency levels

below level 1

level 1

level 2

level 3

level 4

level 5

All

535

2.2%

7.3%

18.6%

27.5%

26.8%

17.6%

Female

554

1.4%

4.7%

15.7%

26.5%

29.4%

22.4%

Male

518

3.2%

9.6%

21.3%

28.5%

24.4%

13.1%

Table 5b Proportion of students performing at each reading proficiency level on the reflecting and evaluating scale, UK

Proportion of students performing at each proficiency level for reflecting and evaluating

UK

mean score

proficiency levels

below level 1

level 1

level 2

level 3

level 4

level 5

All

539

2.6%

7.2%

17.4%

26.7%

26.5%

19.6%

Female

557

1.4%

4.9%

14.6%

25.6%

29.0%

24.5%

Male

522

3.8%

9.0%

19.9%

27.9%

24.3%

15.0%

Chart 3. Proportion of 15 year olds performing at each level of the three domains of reading literacy, Scotland

bar chart