Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

PISA 2006 results

 

PISA 2006 Science Competencies for Tomorrow's WorldExecutive summary
Table of contentsErrata | How to obtain these publications
Tables, figures, annex material and online databasePISA video clips
 News releases and press material

 

ISBN: 9789264040007

Publication: 04/12/07
Pages: 383
Language: English

 

 

ISBN: 9789264040144 

Publication: 04/12/07
Pages: 310
Languages: English/French

 

PISA 2006 Science Competencies for Tomorrow's World


PISA 2006: Science Competencies for Tomorrow’s World presents the results from the most recent PISA survey, which focused on science and also assessed mathematics and reading. It is divided into two volumes.


Volume 1: Analysis gives the most comprehensive international picture of science learning today, exploring not only how well students perform, but also their interests in science and their awareness of the opportunities that scientific competencies bring as well as the environment that schools offer for science learning. It places the performance of students, schools and countries in the context of their social background and identifies important educational policies and practices that are associated with educational success. By showing that some countries succeed in providing both high quality education and equitable learning outcomes, PISA sets ambitious goals for others.


Volume 2: Data/Données presents the PISA 2006 full data set underlying Volume 1.

Together with the PISA 2000 and PISA 2003 surveys, PISA 2006 completes the first cycle of assessment in the three key subject areas. PISA is now conducting a second cycle of surveys, beginning in 2009 with reading as the major subject and continuing in 2012 (mathematics) and 2015 (science).

 

 


Executive summary

Key findings

  • Finland, with an average of 563 score points, was the highest-performing country on the PISA 2006 science scale.
  • Six other high-scoring countries had mean scores of 530 to 542 points: Canada, Japan and New Zealand and the partner countries/economies Hong Kong-China, Chinese Taipei and Estonia. Australia, the Netherlands, Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Ireland, and the partner countries/economies Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Macao-China also scored above the OECD average of 500 score points.
  • On average across OECD countries, 1.3% of 15-year-olds reached Level 6 of the PISA 2006 science scale, the highest proficiency level. These students could consistently identify, explain and apply scientific knowledge, and knowledge about science, in a variety of complex life situations. In New Zealand and Finland this figure was at least 3.9%, three times the OECD average. In the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and Canada, as well as the partner countries/economies Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Hong Kong-China, between 2 and 3% reached Level 6.

 

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Table of contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: A profile of student performance in science
  • Chapter 3: A profile of student engagement in science
  • Chapter 4: Quality and equity in the performance of students in schools
  • Chapter 5: School and system characteristics and student performance in science
  • Chapter 6: A profile of student performance in reading and mathematics from PISA 2000 to PISA 2006
  • References
  • Annex A: Technical background
  • Annex B: The development and implementation of PISA - a collaborative effort
  • Annex C: Links to data underlying the report

 

Errata


How to obtain these publications

Readers can access the full version of Volumes 1 & 2 of PISA 2006: Science Competencies for Tomorrow's World by choosing from the following options:


Tables, figures, annex material and online database

 

Chapter 2 looks at student performance in science:

  • tables
  • figures

Chapter 3 looks at student engagement in science:

  • tables
  • figures

Chapter 4 looks at quality and equity in the performance of students in schools:

  • tables
  • figures

Chapter 5 looks at school and system characteristics and student performance in science:

  • tables
  • figures

Chapter 6 looks at student performance in reading and mathematics from PISA 2000 to PISA 2006:

  • tables
  • figures

Results for regions within countries:

  • subnational data

Annex A provides the technical background:

 


Online database

Interactive country profiles


PISA video clips

 

These clips are taken from a full-length documentary, PISA 2006: Science for tomorrow – Impressions from successful schools around the world. For information on how to obtain this film, please click here.

 

News releases and press material

Briefing notes

 

Presentations


Also available: PISA 2006

 

Related Documents

 

PISA 2006: Science Competencies for Tomorrow's World: Volume 1 Analysis (Portuguese version)

PISA 2006: Science Competencies for Tomorrow's World: Volume 1 Analysis (Spanish version)

 

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