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Figure 6-1.  Percentage of 15-year-old students scoring above PISA proficiency level 4, by subject area and country: 2009

Percentage of 15-year-old students scoring above PISA proficiency level 4, by subject area and country: 2009

NOTE: In the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), proficiency in reading, mathematics, and science was defined in terms of levels based on student performance scores on each literacy scale. In this way, literacy was assessed along a continuum, with proficiency above level 4 (i.e., at level 5 or 6) indicative of the highest performing students. Proficiency above level 4 is defined by scoring 626 and above in reading, 607 and above in mathematics, and 633 and above in science. See OECD 2010c for a complete description of each PISA proficiency level in each subject area.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (2010). PISA 2009 Results: Learning TrendsóChanges in Student Performance Since 2000 (Volume V), tables V.2.2, V.3.2, and V.3.5. Paris: Author.