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These ratings are based on the PISA 2003 study.
Read the 44-page Executive Summary here.
What is PISA?
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
is a three-yearly survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in the principal industrialized countries. The product of a collaboration between participating governments through the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD), it draws on leading international expertise to develop valid comparisons across countries and cultures.
Well over a quarter of a
million students in 41 countries took part in a two-hour test in their schools, assessing their skills in mathematics,
reading, science and problem solving. All 30 OECD member countries participated, as well as 11 partner countries.