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Table 6. Average PISA scores of 15-year-old students on mathematics literacy scale and cutpoint scores for bottom and top 10 percent of students in each jurisdiction, by jurisdiction: 2006
Jurisdiction TIMSS   Cutpoint score
Average score   Bottom 10 percent   Top 10 percent  
All OECD jurisdictions 498 379 615
 
OECD            
Finland 548 444 652
Korea, Republic of 547 426 664
Netherlands 531 412 645
Switzerland 530 401 652
Canada 527 416 635
Japan 523 404 638
New Zealand 522 401 643
Belgium 520 381 650
Australia 520 406 633
Denmark 513 404 621
Czech Republic 510 376 644
Iceland 506 391 618
Austria 505 373   630
Germany 504 375   632
Sweden 502 387 617
Ireland 501 396 608
France 496 369   617
United Kingdom 495 381 612
Poland 495 384 610
Slovak Republic 492 370   611
Hungary 491 377 609
Luxembourg 490 368   610
Norway 490 373 609
Spain 480   366   593  
United States 474   358   593  
Portugal 466   348   583  
Italy 462 341 584  
Greece 459 341 575
Turkey 424 316 550
Mexico 406 299 514
 
Non-OECD            
Chinese Taipei 549 409 677
Hong Kong-China 547 423 665
Macao-China 525 416 632
Liechtenstein 525 402 643
Estonia 515 411 618
Slovenia 504 390 623
Lithuania 486 369   602  
Latvia 486 378 590  
Azerbaijan 476   419 536
Russian Federation 476   363   592  
Croatia 467   361   576
Israel 442 304 581  
Serbia, Republic of 435 318 553
Uruguay 427 296 551
Thailand 417 317 524
Romania 415 307 523
Bulgaria 413 287 543
Chile 411 302 527
Montenegro, Republic of 399 291 510
Indonesia 391 293 498
Jordan 384 279 489
Argentina 381 249 508
Colombia 370 258 482
Brazil 370 255 487
Tunisia 365 250 488
Qatar 318 212 438
Kyrgyz Republic 311 204 423
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score.
▼Score is lower than U.S. score.
NOTE: Selected jurisdictions included all those that participated in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2006. 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. Jurisdictions are ordered on the basis of average scores, from highest to lowest within the OECD countries and the non-OECD jurisdictions. Mathematics 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). (2007). PISA 2006: Science Competencies for Tomorrow's World, Volume 2: Data, table 6.2c. Paris: Author.
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