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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 All Subjects

9. Of the three main subjects and three reading domains tested in PISA 2000, the widest variation in scores in Scotland were achieved in the interpreting and the retrieving information aspects of reading, and in science. The spread of scores was much smaller in mathematics and in the reflecting and evaluating aspect of reading, particularly due to better performances at the lower end of the scales.

10. The spread of scores in the UK followed a similar pattern, although the top 10 per cent of students performed better in the UK than in Scotland in all areas except interpreting texts. The bottom 10 per cent of students performed worse in the UK in all subjects except science.

Table 8a. 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th and 90th percentiles on the PISA proficiency scales, Scotland

10th, 25th, 50th, 75th and 90th percentiles on the PISA proficiency scales

Scotland

10%

25%

50%

75%

90%

Reading

394

460

531

596

647

Reading - Retrieving Information

387

459

532

598

653

Reading - Interpreting

386

455

528

597

654

Reading - Reflecting and Evaluating

411

471

539

603

656

Mathematics

419

477

538

595

643

Science

388

452

526

594

649

Table 8b. 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th and 90th percentiles on the PISA proficiency scales, UK

10th, 25th, 50th, 75th and 90th percentiles on the PISA proficiency scales

UK

10%

25%

50%

75%

90%

Reading

391

458

527

595

651

Reading - Retrieving Information

384

455

528

597

656

Reading - Interpreting

380

445

518

586

644

Reading - Reflecting and Evaluating

408

473

543

608

664

Mathematics

412

470

532

592

646

Science

401

466

535

602

656