The results of the PISA test conducted in 2022 show that Serbia has made progress compared to 2018, and is ranked 40th in reading and science, and 42nd in mathematics, said the Serbian Government in a press release.
The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students’ reading, mathematics, and science literacy and 6,413 students from 183 schools in Serbia participated in 2022. PISA began in 2000, it is administered once every three years, and Serbia took part in PISA for the first time in 2003.
The results showed that the average achievement of students from Serbia on the mathematical literacy scale is 440 points (OECD average is 472), on the reading literacy scale 440 (OECD average is 476), and on the scientific literacy scale 447 points (OECD average is 485), said the Government.
The results in science and reading show a slight improvement compared to those obtained in the 2018 PISA survey (by eight and one points, while in mathematics there is a drop of eight points).
Girls have better results in reading by almost 26 points, which is almost one year of schooling. Boys have slightly better achievements in mathematics, and the difference amounts to 11 points. In half of the countries, boys on average had statistically significantly higher achievement than girls.
When interpreting the achievement results, it should be taken into account that, compared to 2018, performance in OECD countries dropped by 10 points in reading and by almost 15 points in mathematics. The results achieved in Serbia under the conditions of COVID-19 give rise to hope that the reforms that were started immediately after the end of the PISA 2018 cycle will continue in the direction of raising the quality of education, said the Government.
These tests, devised and conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are taken by 15-year-old students every three years. As in previous years, Asian students, namely those from Singapore, China, Taiwan and Japan, scored the best.
(BBC Serbia, 05.12.2023)
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