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Table 3. Average PISA scores of 15-year-old students on reading literacy scale and cutpoint scores for bottom and top 10 percent of students in each jurisdiction, by jurisdiction: 2003
Table 3.
Jurisdiction PISA   Cutpoint score
Average score   Bottom 10 percent   Top 10 percent  
All OECD jurisdictions 494   361   617  
 
OECD            
Finland 543 437 641
Korea, Republic of 534 428 634
Canada 528 410 636
Australia 525 395 644
New Zealand 522 381 652
Ireland 515 401 622  
Sweden 514 390 631
Netherlands 513 400 621  
Belgium 507 355   635
Norway 500   364   625  
Switzerland 499   373   615  
Japan 498   355   624  
Poland 497   374   616  
France 496   367   614  
United States 495   361   622  
Denmark 492   376 600
Iceland 492   362   612
Germany 491   341 624  
Austria 491   354   617  
Czech Republic 489   362   607
Hungary 482 361   597
Spain 481 354   597
Luxembourg 479 344 601
Portugal 478 351   592
Italy 476 341 598
Greece 472 333 599
Slovak Republic 469 348   587
Turkey 441 324 562
Mexico 400 274 521
 
Non-OECD            
Liechtenstein 525 405 636  
Hong Kong-China 510 397 608
Macao-China 498   409 583
Latvia 491   372   603
Russian Federation 442 319 558
Uruguay 434 272 587
Thailand 420 322 520
Serbia and Montenegro1 412 306 516
Brazil 403 256 542
Indonesia 382 282 478
Tunisia 375 251 497
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score.
▼Score is lower than U.S. score.
1 The Republics of Serbia and Montenegro were a united jurisdiction for the 2003 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
NOTE: Because PISA is principally an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study, the results for non-OECD jurisdictions are displayed separately from those of the OECD countries. The United Kingdom is not included: because of low response rates, 2003 data for the United Kingdom are omitted from PISA reports. Jurisdictions are ordered on the basis of average scores, from highest to lowest within the OECD countries and the non-OECD jurisdictions. Reading literacy scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. A cutpoint score is the threshold score for an established level of performance. The cutpoint scores for students in the top 10 percent is the 90th percentile score within the jurisdiction. The cutpoint score for students in the bottom 10 percent is the 10th percentile score within the jurisdiction. The tests for significance take into account the standard error for the reported difference. Thus, a small difference between the United States and one country may be significant while a large difference between the United States and another country may not be significant.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (2004). Learning for Tomorrow’s World: First Results from PISA 2003, table 6.2. Paris: Author.
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