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Programme for international student assessment 2000 — scotland analysis

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PROGRAMME FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSESSMENT 2000 - SCOTLAND ANALYSIS

Performance in Scientific Literacy

8. Fifteen year olds in Scotland ranked well above the average in scientific literacy test scores of OECD countries, but behind the UK as a whole. The rankings were topped by Korea and Japan. Male students in Scotland outperformed females by a small margin, although there was a greater variation in the scores of males. In 12 countries, males outperformed females, and in 17 females achieved better results.

Table 7. Variation in performance on the PISA scientific literacy scale, by country

Mean

Percentiles

Mean score

5th

10th

25th

75th

90th

95th

Score

Score

Score

Score

Score

Score

OECD countries

Australia

528

368

402

463

596

646

675

Austria

519

363

398

456

584

633

659

Belgium

496

292

346

424

577

630

656

Canada

529

380

412

469

592

641

670

Czech Republic

511

355

389

449

577

632

663

Denmark

481

310

347

410

554

613

645

Finland

538

391

425

481

598

645

674

France

500

329

363

429

575

631

663

Germany

487

314

350

417

560

618

649

Greece

461

300

334

393

530

585

616

Hungary

496

328

361

423

570

629

659

Iceland

496

351

381

436

558

607

635

Ireland

513

361

394

450

578

630

661

Italy

478

315

349

411

547

602

633

Japan

550

391

430

495

612

659

688

Korea

552

411

442

499

610

652

674

Luxembourg

443

278

320

382

510

563

593

Mexico

422

303

325

368

472

525

554

New Zealand

528

357

392

459

600

653

683

Norway

500

338

377

437

569

619

649

Poland

483

326

359

415

553

610

639

Portugal

459

317

343

397

521

575

604

SCOTLAND

522

353

388

452

594

649

682

Male

523

347

381

454

599

654

689

Female

522

365

396

453

591

644

675

Spain

491

333

367

425

558

613

643

Sweden

512

357

390

446

578

630

660

Switzerland

496

332

366

427

567

626

656

United Kingdom

532

366

401

466

602

656

687

United States

499

330

368

430

571

628

658

OECD total

502

332

368

431

576

631

662

Country mean

500

332

368

431

572

627

657

Non-OECD countries

Brazil

375

230

262

315

432

492

531

Latvia

460

299

334

393

528

585

620

Liechtenstein

476

314

357

409

543

595

629

Russian Federation

460

298

333

392

529

591

625

Chart 5. Mean scores in scientific literacy, and scores at 10th and 90th percentiles, by country

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