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Table B.1.63. Average scores of 15-year-old students in PISA on science literacy scale, by country: 2009
Country Score s.e.   Country Score s.e.
OECD average 501 0.5   Non-OECD countries    
        Shanghai-China 575 2.3
OECD countries       Hong Kong-China 549 2.8
Finland 554 2.3   Singapore 542 1.4
Japan 539 3.4   Chinese Taipei 520 2.6
Korea, Republic of 538 3.4   Liechtenstein 520 3.4
New Zealand 532 2.6   Macao-China 511 1.0
Canada 529 1.6   Latvia 494 3.1
Estonia 528 2.7   Lithuania 491 2.9
Australia 527 2.5   Croatia 486 2.8
Netherlands 522 5.4   Russian Federation 478 3.3
Germany 520 2.8   Dubai-UAE 466 1.2
Switzerland 517 2.8   Serbia, Republic of 443 2.4
United Kingdom 514 2.5   Bulgaria 439 5.9
Slovenia 512 1.1   Romania 428 3.4
Poland 508 2.4   Uruguay 427 2.6
Ireland 508 3.3   Thailand 425 3.0
Belgium 507 2.5   Jordan 415 3.5
Hungary 503 3.1   Trinidad and Tobago 410 1.2
United States 502 3.6   Brazil 405 2.4
Czech Republic 500 3.0   Colombia 402 3.6
Norway 500 2.6   Montenegro, Republic of 401 2.0
Denmark 499 2.5   Argentina 401 4.6
France 498 3.6   Tunisia 401 2.7
Iceland 496 1.4   Kazakhstan 400 3.1
Sweden 495 2.7   Albania 391 3.9
Austria 494 3.2   Indonesia 383 3.8
Portugal 493 2.9   Qatar 379 0.9
Slovak Republic 490 3.0   Panama 376 5.7
Italy 489 1.8   Azerbaijan 373 3.1
Spain 488 2.1   Peru 369 3.5
Luxembourg 484 1.2   Kyrgyz Republic 330 2.9
Greece 470 4.0        
Israel 455 3.1        
Turkey 454 3.6        
Chile 447 2.9        
Mexico 416 1.8        
key Average is higher than the U.S. average
key Average is not measurably different from the U.S. average
key Average is lower than the U.S. average
NOTE: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average is the average of the national averages 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. Countries are ordered on the basis of average scores, from highest to lowest within the OECD countries and non-OECD countries. Scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. Score differences as noted between the United States and other countries (as well as between the United States and the OECD average) are significantly different at the .05 level of statistical significance. Standard error is noted by s.e. 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 S1. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
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