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Table B.1.24. Average PISA problem-solving scores of 15-year-old students, by percentiles and jurisdiction: 2003

Jurisdiction 5th percentile   10th percentile   25th percentile   50th percentile   75th percentile   90th percentile   95th percentile
Score s.e.   Score s.e.   Score s.e.   Score s.e.   Score s.e.   Score s.e.   Score s.e.
  OECD average 328 1.6   368 1.3   434 1.1   503 0.3   571 0.8   625 0.8   656 0.8
                                           
OECD countries                                        
  Australia 371 4.1   409 3.5   470 2.8   535 0.7   594 2.1   644 2.7   672 3.4
  Austria 357 5.1   388 4.5   443 4.1   509 1.3   569 4.0   621 4.2   651 4.6
  Belgium 339 5.7   381 4.7   455 3.3   534 1.2   601 2.2   653 2.2   682 2.8
  Canada 379 2.4   414 2.8   471 2.5   532 0.6   591 1.9   640 2.1   669 2.4
  Czech Republic 357 8.6   394 6.2   454 4.4   519 0.9   582 3.6   634 3.9   664 4.0
                                           
  Denmark 369 5.0   402 4.3   459 3.1   520 1.1   578 2.8   627 3.4   655 3.7
  Finland 409 4.7   442 2.8   495 2.5   551 1.1   604 2.3   650 2.3   677 3.6
  France 358 6.1   396 4.8   459 3.9   524 1.7   586 3.1   635 3.7   662 4.5
  Germany 351 5.9   384 5.4   447 4.8   521 1.2   583 4.3   632 2.7   658 3.2
  Greece 283 5.6   319 5.3   383 4.5   451 2.3   517 4.6   575 5.7   608 5.6
                                           
  Hungary 343 5.8   378 4.1   437 3.8   504 1.8   567 3.9   622 4.3   653 5.4
  Iceland 358 5.5   393 3.3   450 2.2   510 1.4   564 2.0   609 2.3   634 3.6
  Ireland 364 4.5   395 3.8   445 3.1   500 1.1   555 2.7   601 2.8   625 3.2
  Italy 289 8.8   334 6.5   406 4.7   475 1.5   540 3.0   595 3.4   627 3.6
  Japan 362 8.3   406 6.8   481 5.7   556 1.6   621 4.2   675 4.6   705 6.0
                                           
  Korea, Republic of 404 4.6   438 5.2   494 3.9   554 1.5   610 3.5   658 4.2   686 5.5
  Luxembourg 339 3.7   373 2.3   432 2.4   496 1.5   558 2.2   610 2.6   640 3.4
  Mexico 227 5.4   262 5.2   317 5.2   385 1.9   452 5.1   509 5.7   542 6.5
  Netherlands 372 5.9   402 5.1   456 4.9   521 1.7   587 3.6   636 3.3   662 3.7
  New Zealand 370 3.8   406 4.2   468 3.7   538 1.2   601 2.4   653 2.5   682 2.8
                                           
  Norway 322 5.5   361 4.6   424 3.7   494 2.0   559 3.3   615 4.2   646 4.4
  Poland 338 5.6   372 4.1   428 3.1   488 1.4   548 3.0   600 3.5   632 4.5
  Portugal 311 7.9   345 6.8   409 5.7   475 2.2   534 3.6   586 3.5   615 3.5
  Slovak Republic 337 7.1   370 5.9   430 4.7   494 0.8   558 3.6   609 3.8   638 4.2
  Spain 322 4.8   361 4.1   421 3.6   486 0.9   547 3.2   599 3.9   629 3.3
                                           
  Sweden 360 6.4   395 4.4   451 3.0   511 1.4   571 3.1   619 3.8   647 3.6
  Switzerland 358 5.7   397 4.0   461 3.3   527 1.9   587 3.9   637 4.6   666 5.2
  Turkey 257 7.8   291 6.6   343 5.2   402 1.3   467 7.7   531 11.9   577 18.6
  United States 312 5.6   347 4.6   410 4.1   480 1.7   548 3.3   604 4.0   635 4.2
                                           
Non-OECD jurisdictions                                        
  Hong Kong-China 376 10.5   420 7.9   487 6.1   558 1.6   617 3.2   664 2.9   690 3.7
  Indonesia 245 4.2   270 3.8   312 3.6   359 1.9   409 4.1   457 5.5   487 5.9
  Latvia 326 7.0   362 6.0   420 5.4   485 1.0   547 4.6   599 4.1   628 4.9
  Liechtenstein 369 14.9   404 11.1   468 6.0   533 4.9   599 9.3   644 10.5   672 12.0
  Macao-China 395 6.4   425 5.6   478 3.7   536 1.7   590 4.3   633 5.4   659 6.5
                                           
  Russian Federation 314 7.7   351 7.0   413 5.7   481 1.7   546 5.1   604 5.0   637 5.6
  Serbia and Montenegro 279 4.2   311 4.4   363 3.9   420 2.5   478 4.2   530 4.9   560 5.1
  Thailand 293 3.9   322 3.4   369 2.6   422 2.2   479 4.0   532 4.0   565 6.0
  Tunisia 213 4.3   243 3.1   291 2.5   344 1.0   400 2.8   446 4.1   475 5.0
  Uruguay 224 5.7   265 5.1   335 4.7   414 1.7   488 5.5   552 5.0   589 5.7
NOTE: The OECD average is the average of the national averages of the OECD member jurisdictions 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. Due to low response rates, data for the United Kingdom are not included in this table or 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-13. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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