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Luxembourg, a poor student in OECD global education survey
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Luxembourg, a poor student in OECD global education survey

1 03.12.2013 From our online archive
Since the last PISA study, three years ago, Luxembourg students aged 15 have better reading levels and improved in natural sciences, yet have not improved in maths. All results are in fact below the average.
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(ADW) Since the last PISA study, three years ago, Luxembourg students aged 15 have better reading levels and improved in natural sciences, yet have not improved in maths. All results are in fact below the average.

The so-called PISA report (Programme for International Student Assessment) published on Tuesday by the OECD is the single largest study of global schooling at the age of 15, and has been dubbed the World Cup of education.

According the the new results, Luxembourg students are in fact below the OECD average. In mathematics they achieved 490 points out of 600 with the average being 494. For understanding text they managed 488 points with the average being 496, and in natural science reached 491 while the average is 501.

However all is not negative as Luxembourg students have managed to increase their reading skills since the last report three years ago. The score has risen by 16 points.

The story is similar for natural science rising 7 points. It is only in mathematics where no progress has been made.

5258 students from 42 schools participated in this study in 2012 that focused primarily on mathematics. The next study planned for 2015 will concentrate mostly on the natural sciences.

In the previous study Luxembourg was actually placed in the bottom third of participating countries.

Asian nations cemented their top positions in the eagerly awaited report with students from Shanghai again ranking first in maths, science and reading.

Only one European country, Finland, made it into the top five in any category, scoring as the fifth top performer in science.

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