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Table B.1.61. Percentage distribution of 15-year-old students in PISA on mathematics literacy scale, by proficiency level and country: 2009
Country Below level 1   Level 1   Level 2   Level 3   Level 4   Level 5   Level 6
Percent   s.e.   Percent s.e.   Percent s.e.   Percent s.e.   Percent   s.e.   Percent   s.e.   Percent   s.e.
OECD average 8   0.1   14 0.1   22 0.2   24 0.2   19   0.2   10   0.1   3   0.1
                                                 
OECD countries                                                
Australia 5   0.3   11 0.5   20 0.6   26 0.5   22   0.6   12   0.5   5   0.6
Austria 8   0.8   15 0.9   21 0.9   23 0.9   20   0.9   10   0.7   3   0.4
Belgium 8   0.6   11 0.5   18 0.7   22 0.7   21   0.8   15   0.6   6   0.4
Canada 3   0.3   8 0.4   19 0.5   27 0.9   25   0.7   14   0.5   4   0.3
Chile 22   1.2   29 1.1   27 1.0   15 1.0   6   0.6   1   0.3    
Czech Republic 7   0.8   15 0.8   24 1.0   24 1.1   17   0.8   9   0.6   3   0.4
Denmark 5   0.5   12 0.8   23 0.9   27 1.1   21   0.9   9   0.8   3   0.5
Estonia 3   0.4   10 0.7   23 0.9   30 0.9   23   0.8   10   0.8   2   0.4
Finland 2   0.3   6 0.5   16 0.8   27 1.0   28   0.9   17   0.8   5   0.5
France 10   0.9   13 1.1   20 0.9   24 1.1   20   1.0   10   0.7   3   0.5
Germany 6   0.6   12 0.7   19 0.9   23 0.9   22   0.9   13   0.9   5   0.5
Greece 11   1.2   19 1.0   26 1.3   24 1.1   14   0.8   5   0.6   1   0.2
Hungary 8   1.0   14 1.0   23 1.2   26 1.2   18   1.0   8   0.8   2   0.5
Iceland 6   0.4   11 0.5   21 0.9   27 0.9   21   0.9   11   0.7   3   0.4
Ireland 7   0.6   14 0.7   25 1.1   29 1.2   19   0.9   6   0.6   1   0.2
Israel 21   1.2   19 0.9   23 0.9   20 0.9   12   0.7   5   0.5   1   0.3
Italy 9   0.5   16 0.5   24 0.6   25 0.5   17   0.6   7   0.4   2   0.2
Japan 4   0.6   9 0.7   17 0.9   26 1.1   24   1.0   15   0.9   6   0.8
Korea, Republic of 2   0.5   6 0.7   16 1.0   24 1.2   26   1.3   18   1.0   8   1.0
Luxembourg 10   0.5   14 0.6   23 0.7   23 1.0   19   0.8   9   0.6   2   0.4
Mexico 22   0.8   29 0.6   28 0.6   16 0.6   5   0.4   1   0.1   #  
Netherlands 3   0.6   11 1.3   19 1.4   24 1.0   24   1.3   15   1.2   4   0.5
New Zealand 5   0.5   10 0.5   19 0.8   24 0.9   22   1.0   14   0.7   5   0.5
Norway 6   0.5   13 0.8   24 0.9   28 1.0   20   0.9   8   0.6   2   0.3
Poland 6   0.6   14 0.7   24 0.9   26 0.8   19   0.9   8   0.6   2   0.4
Portugal 8   0.6   15 0.8   24 0.9   25 1.0   18   0.8   8   0.6   2   0.4
Slovak Republic 7   0.7   14 0.8   23 1.1   25 1.5   18   1.2   9   0.7   4   0.6
Slovenia 7   0.4   14 0.6   23 0.7   24 0.7   19   0.8   10   0.6   4   0.4
Spain 9   0.5   15 0.6   24 0.6   27 0.6   18   0.6   7   0.4   1   0.2
Sweden 8   0.6   14 0.7   23 0.8   25 0.8   19   0.9   9   0.6   3   0.4
Switzerland 5   0.4   9 0.6   16 0.6   23 0.9   24   0.8   16   0.8   8   0.8
Turkey 18   1.4   24 1.1   25 1.2   17 1.1   10   0.9   4   0.9   1 ! 0.5
United Kingdom 6   0.5   14 0.7   25 0.9   27 1.1   18   1.0   8   0.6   2   0.3
United States 8   0.7   15 1.0   24 1.0   25 1.0   17   0.9   8   0.9   2   0.5
                                                 
Non-OECD countries                                                
Albania 41   1.8   27 1.2   20 1.3   9 0.9   3   0.6   #     #  
Argentina 37   1.8   26 1.1   21 1.1   11 1.0   4   0.7   1 ! 0.3    
Azerbaijan 12   1.0   34 1.2   35 1.3   15 1.0   4   0.5   1 ! 0.3    
Brazil 38   1.3   31 0.9   19 0.8   8 0.6   3   0.3   1   0.2    
Bulgaria 25   1.9   23 1.1   23 1.1   18 1.4   8   0.9   3   0.7   1 ! 0.4
Chinese Taipei 4   0.5   9 0.7   16 0.7   21 0.9   22   0.9   17   0.9   11   1.2
Colombia 39   2.0   32 1.3   20 1.3   8 0.7   2   0.3       #  
Croatia 12   0.9   21 1.0   27 0.8   23 1.0   13   0.8   4   0.5   1 ! 0.2
Dubai-UAE 18   0.5   21 0.6   23 0.8   20 0.6   12   0.6   5   0.4   1   0.2
Hong Kong-China 3   0.4   6 0.5   13 0.7   22 0.8   25   0.9   20   0.8   11   0.8
Indonesia 44   2.2   33 1.5   17 1.1   5 0.9   1 ! 0.3       #  
Jordan 35   1.7   30 1.2   23 1.0   10 0.9   2   0.4       #  
Kazakhstan 30   1.3   30 0.9   24 0.9   12 0.8   4   0.5   1 ! 0.3    
Kyrgyz Republic 65   1.4   22 1.0   9 0.8   3 0.5   1 ! 0.2   #     #  
Latvia 6   0.7   17 1.2   27 1.0   28 1.1   16   1.0   5   0.5   1   0.2
Liechtenstein 3 ! 1.0   7 1.6   15 2.2   26 2.3   31   3.3   13   2.5   5   1.4
Lithuania 9   0.8   17 0.8   26 1.1   25 1.0   15   0.8   6   0.6   1   0.3
Macao-China 3   0.3   8 0.5   20 0.6   28 0.9   25   0.8   13   0.4   4   0.3
Montenegro, Republic of 30   1.1   29 1.0   25 1.0   12 0.7   4   0.4   1   0.2    
Panama 52   2.9   27 1.7   14 1.5   6 0.9   1   0.4       #  
Peru 48   1.8   26 1.2   17 1.3   7 0.7   2   0.4   1 ! 0.2    
Qatar 51   0.6   23 0.6   13 0.5   7 0.4   4   0.3   2   0.2   #  
Romania 20   1.4   28 1.2   29 1.4   17 1.0   6   0.8   1   0.3    
Russian Federation 10   0.9   19 1.2   29 1.0   25 1.0   13   0.9   4   0.6   1   0.3
Serbia, Republic of 18   1.0   23 0.8   27 1.1   20 1.0   10   0.6   3   0.4   1   0.2
Shanghai-China 1   0.3   3 0.4   9 0.6   15 0.8   21   0.8   24   0.8   27   1.2
Singapore 3   0.3   7 0.6   13 0.6   19 0.8   23   0.6   20   0.9   16   0.6
Thailand 22   1.4   30 0.9   27 1.1   14 0.9   5   0.6   1   0.3    
Trinidad and Tobago 30   0.8   23 1.0   21 0.9   15 0.6   8   0.4   2   0.3   #  
Tunisia 43   1.7   30 1.5   19 0.9   6 0.7   1 ! 0.4       #  
Uruguay 23   1.2   25 1.1   25 1.0   17 0.7   8   0.6   2   0.3   #  
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: To reach a particular proficiency level, a student must correctly answer a majority of items at that level. Students were classified into mathematics literacy levels according to their scores. Exact cut point scores are as follows: below level 1 (a score less than or equal to .357.77); level 1 (a score greater than 357.77 and less than or equal to 420.07); level 2 (a score greater than 420.07 and less than or equal to 482.38); level 3 (a score greater than 482.38 and less than or equal to 544.68); level 4 (a score greater than .544.68 and less than or equal to 606.99); level 5 (a score greater than 606.99 and less than or equal to 669.30); and level 6 (a score greater than 669.30). Scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average is the average of the national percentages of the OECD member countries, with each country weighted equally. Because the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is principally an OECD study, the results for non-OECD countries are displayed separately from those of the OECD countries and are not included in the OECD average. Standard error is noted by s.e. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. In the country column, italics indicate non-national entities. UAE refers to United Arab Emirates.
SOURCE: Fleischman, H.L., Hopstock, P. J., Pelczar, M.P, and Shelly, B.E. (2010). Highlights From PISA 2009: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Reading, Mathematics, and Science Literacy in an International Context (NCES 2011-004), supplemental table M4. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
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