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Scoring Around the World

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RED text= Country's average is significantly higher than the OECD average.

Black text= Country's average is not significantly different from the OECD average.

Purple text= Country's average is significantly lower than the OECD average.

*Not a member of the OECD. The country's score is not factored into the OECD average.

Reading Literacy

Mathematics Literacy

Science Literacy

Finland 546 Japan 557 S. Korea 552
Canada 534 S. Korea 547 Japan 550
New Zealand 529 New Zealand 537 Finland 538
Australia 528 Finland 536 United Kingdom 532
Ireland 527 Australia 533 Canada 529
S. Korea 525 Canada 533 New Zealand 528
United Kingdom 523 Switzerland 529 Australia 528
Japan 522 United Kingdom 529 Austria 519
Sweden 516 Belgium 520 Ireland 513
Austria 507 France 517 Sweden 512
Belgium 507 Austria 515 Czech Republic 511
Iceland 507 Denmark 514 France 500
Norway 505 Iceland 514 Norway 500
France 505 Liechtenstein* 514 United States 499
United States 504 Sweden 510 Hungary 496
Denmark 497 Ireland 503 Iceland 496
Switzerland 494 Norway 499 Belgium 496
Spain 493 Czech Republic 498 Switzerland 496
Czech Republic 492 United States 493 Spain 491
Italy 487 Germany 493 Germany 487
Germany 484 Hungary 488 Poland 483
Liechtenstein* 483 Russia* 478 Denmark 481
Hungary 480 Spain 476 Italy 478
Poland 479 Poland 470 Liechtenstein* 476
Greece 474 Latvia* 463 Greece 461
Portugal 470 Italy 457 Russia* 560
Russia* 462 Portugal 454 Latvia* 460
Latvia* 458 Greece 447 Portugal 459
Luxembourg 441 Luxembourg 446 Luxembourg 443
Mexico 422 Mexico 387 Mexico 422
Brazil* 396 Brazil* 334 Brazil* 375
OECD average 500 OECD average 500 OECD average 500

"Knowledge and Skills for Life: First Results From PISA 2000" is available for $15.20 from OECD, 2001 L St. N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20036; (800) 456- 6323. It can also be downloaded from the Web at www.sourceoecd.org. "Outcomes of Learning: Results From the 2000 Programs for International Student Assessment of 15-Year- Olds in Reading, Mathematics, and Science Literacy" is free from the U.S. Department of Education, ED Pubs, PO Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398; (877) 433- 7827. It is also available at nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa.

SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

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