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Table 9. Average PISA scores of 15-year-old students on science 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 500 375 622  
 
OECD            
Finland 563 453 673
Canada 534 410   651
Japan 531 396 654
New Zealand 530 389 667
Australia 527 395 653
Netherlands 525 395 646
Korea, Republic of 522 403 635  
Germany 516 381 642
United Kingdom 515 376 652
Czech Republic 513 385 641
Switzerland 512 378 636  
Austria 511 378 633  
Belgium 510 374 634  
Ireland 508 385 630  
Hungary 504 388 617
Sweden 503 381 622  
Poland 498   381 615
Denmark 496   373 615
France 495   359   623  
Iceland 491   364 614
United States 489   349   628  
Slovak Republic 488   368 609
Spain 488   370 604
Norway 487   365 610
Luxembourg 486   358   609
Italy 475 351   598
Portugal 474 357   588
Greece 473 353   589
Turkey 424 325 540
Mexico 410 306 516
 
Non-OECD            
Hong Kong-China 542 418 655
Chinese Taipei 532 402 651
Estonia 531 422 640
Liechtenstein 522 393 643  
Slovenia 519 391 647
Macao-China 511 409 611
Croatia 493   383 604
Latvia 490   380 597
Lithuania 488   370 604
Russian Federation 479   364   596
Israel 454 310 601  
Chile 438 323 560
Serbia, Republic of 436 327 545
Bulgaria 434 300 577
Uruguay 428 306 550
Jordan 422 309 537
Thailand 421 325 524
Romania 418 314 526
Montenegro, Republic of 412 312 517
Indonesia 393 307 488
Argentina 391 259 520
Brazil 390 281 510
Colombia 388 280 496
Tunisia 386 283 495
Azerbaijan 382 316 456
Qatar 349 253 462
Kyrgyz Republic 322 220 428
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score.
▼Score is lower than U.S. score.
NOTE: Because the Program for International Student Assessment (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. Combined science 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 2.1c. Paris: Author.
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