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Table B.1.19. Average PISA combined mathematics literacy scores and subscale scores of 15-year-old students, by jurisdiction: 2003

Jurisdiction Combined mathematics literacy scale   Mathematics subscale
  Space and shape   Change and relationships   Quantity   Uncertainty
Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.
  OECD average 500 0.6   496 0.7   499 0.7   501 0.6   502 0.6
                             
OECD countries                              
Australia 524 2.2   521 2.3   525 2.3   517 2.1   531 2.2
Austria 506 3.3   515 3.5   500 3.6   513 3.0   494 3.1
Belgium 529 2.3   530 2.3   535 2.5   530 2.3   526 2.2
Canada 533 1.8   518 1.8   537 1.9   528 1.9   542 1.8
Czech Republic 517 3.6   527 4.1   515 3.5   528 3.5   500 3.1
                             
Denmark 514 2.7   512 2.8   509 3.0   516 2.6   516 2.8
Finland 544 1.9   539 2.0   543 2.2   549 1.8   545 2.1
France 511 2.5   508 3.0   520 2.6   507 2.5   506 2.4
Germany 503 3.3   500 3.3   507 3.7   514 3.4   493 3.3
Greece 445 3.9   437 3.8   436 4.3   446 4.0   458 3.5
                             
Hungary 490 2.8   479 3.3   495 3.1   496 2.7   489 2.6
Iceland 515 1.4   504 1.5   510 1.4   513 1.5   528 1.5
Ireland 503 2.5   476 2.4   506 2.5   502 2.5   517 2.7
Italy 466 3.1   470 3.1   452 3.2   475 3.4   463 3.0
Japan 534 4.0   553 4.3   536 4.3   527 3.8   528 3.9
                             
Korea, Republic of 542 3.2   552 3.8   548 3.5   537 3.0   538 3.0
Luxembourg 493 1.0   488 1.4   487 1.2   502 1.1   492 1.1
Mexico 385 3.6   382 3.2   364 4.1   394 3.9   390 3.3
Netherlands 538 3.1   526 2.9   551 3.1   528 3.1   549 3.0
New Zealand 524 2.3   525 2.3   526 2.4   511 2.2   532 2.3
                             
Norway 495 2.4   483 2.5   488 2.6   494 2.2   513 2.6
Poland 490 2.5   490 2.7   484 2.7   492 2.5   494 2.4
Portugal 466 3.4   450 3.4   468 4.0   465 3.5   471 3.4
Slovak Republic 498 3.4   505 4.0   494 3.5   513 3.4   476 3.2
Spain 485 2.4   477 2.6   481 2.8   492 2.5   489 2.4
                             
Sweden 509 2.6   498 2.6   505 2.9   514 2.5   511 2.7
Switzerland 527 3.4   540 3.5   523 3.7   533 3.1   517 3.3
Turkey 423 6.7   417 6.4   423 7.6   413 6.8   443 6.2
United States 483 3.0   472 2.8   486 3.0   476 3.2   492 3.0
                             
Non-OECD jurisdictions                              
Hong Kong-China 550 4.5   558 4.9   540 4.7   545 4.2   558 4.6
Indonesia 360 3.9   361 3.7   334 4.6   358 4.3   385 2.9
Latvia 483 3.7   486 4.0   487 4.4   482 3.6   474 3.3
Liechtenstein 536 4.1   538 4.6   540 3.7   534 4.1   523 3.7
Macao-China 527 2.9   528 3.3   519 3.5   533 3.0   532 3.2
                             
Russian Federation 468 4.2   474 4.7   477 4.6   472 4.0   437 4.0
Serbia and Montenegro 437 3.8   433 3.9   419 4.0   456 3.8   428 3.5
Thailand 417 3.0   424 3.4   405 3.4   415 3.2   423 2.5
Tunisia 359 2.5   359 2.6   337 2.8   364 2.8   363 2.3
Uruguay 422 3.3   412 3.0   417 3.6   430 3.2   419 3.1
NOTE: The OECD average is the average of the national averages of the OECD member countries with data available. 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. Apparent differences may not be statistically significant. Standard error is noted by s.e.
SOURCE: Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2003. Lemke, M., Sen, A., Pahlke, E., Partelow, L., Miller, D., Williams, T., Kastberg, D., and Jocelyn, L. (2004). International Outcomes of Learning in Mathematics Literacy and Problem Solving: PISA 2003 Results From the U.S. Perspective (NCES 2005-003), table B-3. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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