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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2007-039
September 2007

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Table 11.

Average scores among 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) mathematics literacy assessment, by participating country and race/ethnicity in the United States: 2003

Country and race/ethnicity Average score
OECD average 500
United States1 483
White 512
Black 417
Hispanic 443
Asian 506
More than one race 502
Countries whose score was higher than the U.S. score
Australia 524
Austria 506
Belgium 529
Canada 532
Czech Republic 516
Denmark 514
Finland 544
France 511
Germany 503
Iceland 515
Ireland 503
Japan 534
Korea 542
Luxembourg 493
Netherlands 538
New Zealand 523
Norway 495
Slovak Republic 498
Switzerland 527
Sweden 509
Countries whose score was not measurably different than U.S. score
Hungary 490
Poland 490
Spain 485
Countries whose score was lower than the U.S. score
Greece 445
Italy 466
Mexico 385
Portugal 466
Turkey 423
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: The scale range for the PISA assessment is from 0 to 1000. The scale was designed to have an average score of 500 points, with approximately two-thirds of students achieving between 400 and 600 points. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2003.
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