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Table B.1.21. Average PISA mathematics literacy scores of 15-year-old students, by sex and jurisdiction: 2003

Jurisdiction Male   Female   Male - female score point difference s.e.
Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.  
  OECD average 506 0.8   494 0.8   11 0.8
                 
OECD countries                  
Australia 527 3.0   522 2.7   5 3.8
Austria 509 4.0   502 4.0   8 4.4
Belgium 533 3.4   525 3.2   8 4.8
Canada 541 2.1   530 1.9   11 2.1
Czech Republic 524 4.3   509 4.4   15 5.1
                 
Denmark 523 3.4   506 3.0   17 3.2
Finland 548 2.5   541 2.1   7 2.7
France 515 3.6   507 2.9   9 4.2
Germany 508 4.0   499 3.9   9 4.4
Greece 455 4.8   436 3.9   19 3.6
                 
Hungary 494 3.3   486 3.3   8 3.5
Iceland 508 2.3   523 2.2   -15 3.5
Ireland 510 3.0   495 3.4   15 4.2
Italy 475 4.6   457 3.8   18 5.9
Japan 539 5.8   530 4.0   8 5.9
                 
Korea, Republic of 552 4.4   528 5.4   23 6.8
Luxembourg 502 1.9   485 1.5   17 2.8
Mexico 391 4.3   380 4.1   11 3.9
Netherlands 540 4.1   535 3.5   5 4.3
New Zealand 531 2.8   516 3.2   15 3.9
                 
Norway 498 2.9   492 2.9   6 3.2
Poland 493 3.0   488 3.0   6 3.1
Portugal 472 4.2   460 3.4   12 3.3
Slovak Republic 507 3.9   489 3.6   19 3.7
Spain 490 3.4   481 2.2   9 3.0
                 
Sweden 512 3.0   506 3.1   7 3.3
Switzerland 535 4.7   518 3.7   17 4.9
Turkey 430 7.9   415 6.7   15 6.2
United States 486 3.3   480 3.2   6 2.9
                 
Non-OECD jurisdictions                  
Hong Kong-China 552 6.5   548 4.6   4 6.7
Indonesia 362 3.9   359 4.6   3 3.4
Latvia 485 4.8   482 3.6   3 4.0
Liechtenstein 550 7.2   521 6.3   29 10.9
Macao-China 538 4.8   517 3.3   21 5.8
                 
Russian Federation 474 5.3   463 4.2   10 4.4
Serbia and Montenegro 438 4.2   436 4.5   1 4.4
Thailand 415 4.0   419 3.4   -4 4.2
Tunisia 365 2.7   353 2.9   12 2.5
Uruguay 428 4.0   416 3.8   12 4.2
NOTE: The male-female score point difference is calculated by subtracting the average scores of females from the average scores of males. 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. Detail may not sum to total because of rounding.
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-18. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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