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PISA results to be announced today

Results of a global assessment test, in which Shanghai students topped the rankings  three years ago, will be released today in Paris and is attracting tremendous attention again.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a two-hour test of reading, science and mathematics organized by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 2000. It  measures how well students, at age 15, are prepared to meet the challenges they may encounter in future life.

The collected data are analyzed to provide insights into factors that influence the development of skills and attitudes at home and at school, and examines the implications for policy development, OECD said.

In April, 5,000 students in Shanghai took part in the test with its main focus on mathematics. Globally, more than 510,000 students from 65 countries took the test.

In 2009, Shanghai students first appeared for the PISA tests and made a stunning debut on the reading assessment with a score of 556 while the OECD average was 493. However, students scored low in independent reading strategies, meaning they rely on teachers’ instruction on what to read.

The triennial program has been running since 2000 and Shanghai was the first city in China to join the program.

Students recalled that PISA focused on the ability of reasoning and analysis. They said the tests were diverse like the reasons for the extinction of dinosaurs and other cross-disciplinary questions.



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