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Table B.1.70. Average combined mathematics literacy scores of 15-year-old students, by national quarters of the PISA index of economic, social and cultural status (ESCS) and jurisdiction: 2003

Jurisdictions National quarters of the ESCS index   All students
Bottom quarter   Second quarter   Third quarter   Top quarter  
Mean   s.e.   Mean   s.e.   Mean   s.e.   Mean   s.e.   Mean   s.e.
OECD countries                                      
Australia 479   4.0   513   2.4   538   2.7   572   2.9   524   2.1
Austria 462   4.5   492   3.6   521   3.2   556   4.2   506   3.3
Belgium 465   3.8   520   2.9   555   2.6   599   2.7   529   2.3
Canada 500   2.2   527   2.1   544   2.1   574   2.7   532   1.8
Czech Republic 468   3.4   511   3.4   536   3.7   575   4.3   516   3.5
                                       
Denmark 464   3.5   505   3.3   527   3.2   565   3.6   514   2.7
Finland 509   2.7   538   2.4   553   2.7   579   3.0   544   1.9
France 458   4.6   502   3.5   528   2.9   562   3.6   511   2.5
Germany 452   4.1   494   3.5   533   3.7   572   3.7   503   3.3
Greece 402   4.3   430   4.1   452   3.9   497   4.8   445   3.9
                                       
Hungary 427   4.4   474   3.2   506   3.4   554   4.0   490   2.8
Iceland 486   2.8   513   2.7   518   2.9   547   2.2   515   1.4
Ireland 457   3.7   494   3.0   517   2.9   544   3.7   503   2.4
Italy 417   4.4   457   3.9   482   3.5   507   4.2   466   3.1
Japan 487   5.3   525   4.2   550   4.8   575   6.1   534   4.0
                                       
Korea 497   4.2   533   3.6   553   3.7   587   6.2   542   3.2
Luxembourg 444   2.3   479   3.0   506   2.7   546   3.0   493   1.0
Mexico 342   4.3   370   3.5   398   3.6   433   4.6   385   3.6
Netherlands 496   5.1   529   3.8   554   3.3   595   3.6   538   3.1
New Zealand 473   3.6   515   3.1   535   3.1   578   2.6   523   2.3
                                       
Norway 451   2.9   485   3.4   508   3.4   540   3.4   495   2.4
Poland 444   4.0   476   2.9   503   3.3   539   2.9   490   2.5
Portugal 425   4.3   453   3.7   470   4.0   519   3.5   466   3.4
Slovak Republic 438   5.2   486   2.9   517   3.1   553   4.1   498   3.3
Spain 445   3.4   470   3.2   497   2.7   530   2.8   485   2.4
                                       
Sweden 465   3.6   496   3.1   522   3.1   557   4.0   509   2.6
Switzerland 472   3.8   521   3.4   540   3.4   576   4.5   527   3.4
Turkey 380   4.5   397   4.4   422   7.0   496   12.1   423   6.7
United States 431   3.2   468   3.5   498   3.1   539   3.4   483   2.9
                                       
Non-OECD jurisdictions                                      
Brazil 319   5.0   339   5.3   353   5.4   417   8.0   356   4.8
Hong Kong-China 518   5.8   544   4.8   561   4.5   581   6.2   550   4.5
Indonesia 341   3.6   350   3.4   357   4.3   393   6.7   360   3.9
Latvia 448   4.3   474   4.4   495   4.3   519   5.4   483   3.7
Liechtenstein 482   9.2   519   11.1   545   9.7   601   9.6   536   4.1
                                       
Macao-China 507   5.5   532   6.9   526   5.8   544   5.6   527   2.9
Russian Federation 436   4.6   456   4.3   473   4.9   509   4.5   468   4.2
Serbia 398   3.7   426   4.3   445   4.1   480   4.7   437   3.8
Thailand 396   3.5   398   3.7   412   3.7   462   5.8   417   3.0
Tunisia 333   3.0   340   2.9   358   3.0   404   6.3   359   2.5
Uruguay 379   4.4   402   4.0   429   4.4   481   4.2   422   3.3
NOTE: Because the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is principally an OECD study, the results for non-OECD jurisdictions are displayed separately from those of the OECD countries. The PISA index of economic, social and cultural status (ESCS) was created using student reports on parental occupation, the highest level of parental education, and three PISA index variables related to family wealth, home educational resources and possessions related to “classical” culture in the family home. Standard error is noted by s.e. In the country column, italics indicate non-national entities. Due to low response rates, data for the United Kingdom are not shown.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2003, previously unpublished tabulation (May 2012).
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