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Table B.1.18. Average PISA mathematics literacy scores of 15-year-old students, and cutpoint scores for bottom and top 10 percent of students in each jurisdiction, by jurisdiction: 2006

Jurisdiction Average score s.e.   Cutpoint score
Bottom 10 percent s.e.   Top 10 percent s.e.  
  OECD average 498 0.5 379 0.9 615 0.8
 
OECD countries                    
Australia 520 2.2 406 2.7 633 3.3
Austria 505 3.7 373 6.3   630 3.8
Belgium 520 3.0 381 6.6 650 2.4
Canada 527 2.0 416 3.3 635 2.3
Czech Republic 510 3.6 376 4.7 644 4.8
                   
Denmark 513 2.6 404 4.3 621 3.4
Finland 548 2.3 444 3.4 652 2.8
France 496 3.2 369 5.4   617 3.8
Germany 504 3.9 375 6.8   632 3.8
Greece 459 3.0 341 5.6 575 4.1
                   
Hungary 491 2.9 377 3.9 609 5.0
Iceland 506 1.8 391 3.6 618 3.2
Ireland 501 2.8 396 4.4 608 3.2
Italy 462 2.3 341 3.3 584 4.2  
Japan 523 3.3 404 5.5 638 3.6
                   
Korea, Republic of 547 3.8 426 6.1 664 6.9
Luxembourg 490 1.1 368 3.5   610 2.7
Mexico 406 2.9 299 4.9 514 3.3
Netherlands 531 2.6 412 5.0 645 3.3
New Zealand 522 2.4 401 4.1 643 4.0
                   
Norway 490 2.6 373 3.8 609 3.3
Poland 495 2.4 384 3.4 610 3.7
Portugal 466 3.1   348 5.2   583 2.8  
Slovak Republic 492 2.8 370 5.1   611 4.4
Spain 480 2.3   366 2.8   593 2.9  
                   
Sweden 502 2.4 387 4.2 617 2.8
Switzerland 530 3.2 401 4.7 652 3.7
Turkey 424 4.9 316 4.0 550 12.4
United Kingdom 495 2.1 381 3.3 612 3.2
United States 474 4.0   358 5.8   593 4.8  
 
Non-OECD jurisdictions                    
Argentina 381 6.2 249 9.8 508 7.6
Azerbaijan 476 2.3   419 2.2 536 3.6
Brazil 370 2.9 255 4.5 487 5.8
Bulgaria 413 6.1 287 7.2 543 8.4
Chile 411 4.6 302 4.3 527 6.6
                   
Chinese Taipei 549 4.1 409 6.2 677 3.4
Colombia 370 3.8 258 5.6 482 3.8
Croatia 467 2.4   361 3.3   576 3.6
Estonia 515 2.7 411 4.3 618 3.2
Hong Kong-China 547 2.7 423 6.4 665 3.5
                   
Indonesia 391 5.6 293 3.9 498 9.4
Israel 442 4.3 304 6.9 581 5.0  
Jordan 384 3.3 279 4.3 489 5.0
Kyrgyz Republic 311 3.4 204 5.0 423 5.9
Latvia 486 3.0 378 5.2 590 3.4  
                   
Liechtenstein 525 4.2 402 11.1 643 9.5
Lithuania 486 2.9 369 4.3   602 4.9  
Macao-China 525 1.3 416 3.1 632 2.4
Montenegro, Republic of 399 1.4 291 3.0 510 2.4
Qatar 318 1.0 212 2.2 438 2.7
                   
Romania 415 4.2 307 7.4 523 7.1
Russian Federation 476 3.9   363 4.8   592 5.3  
Serbia, Republic of 435 3.5 318 5.0 553 3.9
Slovenia 504 1.0 390 2.1 623 2.7
Thailand 417 2.3 317 3.5 524 3.7
                   
Tunisia 365 4.0 250 3.9 488 7.8
Uruguay 427 2.6 296 4.4 551 5.5
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score (p <.05).
▼Score is lower than U.S. score (p <.05).
NOTE: The OECD average is the average of the national averages of the OECD member countries. Because PISA is principally an OECD study, the results for non-OECD jurisdictions are displayed separately from those of the OECD countries and are not included in the OECD average. 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 jurisdiction may be significant while a large difference between the United States and another jurisdiction may not be significant.
SOURCE: Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2006. Provasnik, S., Gonzales, P., and Miller, D. (2009). U.S. Performance Across International Assessments of Student Achievement: Special Supplement to The Condition of Education 2009 (NCES 2009-083), table 6 and table S-6. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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