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Programme for international student assessment 2000 — scotland analysis

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PROGRAMME FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSESSMENT 2000 - SCOTLAND ANALYSIS

Attendance and Absence

4. Thirty seven per cent of 15 year olds in school reported being absent from school at least once during a two week period. The same proportion also reported arriving late for school at least once over the same period. Twelve per cent reported skipping at least one class during the two weeks. Levels of attendance and absence were similar to the UK and OECD. Not surprisingly, those with higher levels of attendance tended to achieve higher reading literacy scores.

Table 19a Percentage and performance on the PISA reading literacy scale of students who reported being absent from school, Scotland

Proportion of 15 year olds who, in the two weeks prior to the survey, had:

Scotland

Scotland

Never

1 or 2 times

3 or 4 times

5 or more times

Never

1 or 2 times

3 or 4 times

5 or more times

missed school totally

63%

30%

4%

3%

538

514

503

478

skipped classes

88%

8%

2%

1%

533

492

481

*

arrived late for school

63%

28%

7%

3%

543

508

485

494

* based on too few responses to be valid

Table 19b Percentage and performance on the PISA reading literacy scale of students who reported being absent from school, UK

Mean reading score of 15 year olds who, in the two weeks prior to the survey, had:

UK

UK

Never

1 or 2 times

3 or 4 times

5 or more times

Never

1 or 2 times

3 or 4 times

5 or more times

missed school totally

65%

28%

4%

3%

537

508

485

466

skipped classes

90%

8%

1%

1%

530

487

484

436

arrived late for school

61%

28%

7%

4%

538

510

500

484

Table 19c Percentage and performance on the PISA reading literacy scale of students who reported being absent from school, OECD

Mean reading score of 15 year olds who, in the two weeks prior to the survey, had:

OECD

OECD

Never

1 or 2 times

3 or 4 times

5 or more times

Never

1 or 2 times

3 or 4 times

5 or more times

missed school totally

66%

27%

4%

3%

512

489

461

431

skipped classes

83%

13%

2%

2%

508

477

468

430

arrived late for school

67%

24%

5%

4%

515

482

472

444