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Table M1. Average scores of 15-year-old students on the PISA mathematics literacy scale, by education system: 2015
Education system Average
score
s.e.   Education system Average
score
s.e.
OECD average 490 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 0.4   Israel 470   3.6
Singapore 564 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.5   United States 470   3.2
Hong Kong (China) 548 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.0   Croatia 464   2.8
Macau (China) 544 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.1   Buenos Aires (Argentina) 456   6.9
Chinese Taipei 542 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.0   Greece 454 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.8
Japan 532 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.0   Romania 444 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.8
B-S-J-G (China) 531 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 4.9   Bulgaria 441 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 4.0
Korea, Republic of 524 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.7   Cyprus 437 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.7
Switzerland 521 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.9   United Arab Emirates 427 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.4
Estonia 520 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.0   Chile 423 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.5
Canada 516 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.3   Turkey 420 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 4.1
Netherlands 512 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.2   Moldova, Republic of 420 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.5
Denmark 511 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.2   Uruguay 418 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.5
Finland 511 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.3   Montenegro, Republic of 418 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.5
Slovenia 510 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.3   Trinidad and Tobago 417 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.4
Belgium 507 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.4   Thailand 415 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.0
Germany 506 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.9   Albania 413 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.4
Poland 504 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.4   Mexico 408 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.2
Ireland 504 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.1   Georgia 404 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.8
Norway 502 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.2   Qatar 402 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.3
Austria 497 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.9   Costa Rica 400 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.5
New Zealand 495 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.3   Lebanon 396 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.7
Vietnam 495 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 4.5   Colombia 390 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.3
Russian Federation 494 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.1   Peru 387 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.7
Sweden 494 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.2   Indonesia 386 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.1
Australia 494 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.6   Jordan 380 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.7
France 493 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.1   Brazil 377 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.9
United Kingdom 492 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.5   Macedonia, Republic of 371 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.3
Czech Republic 492 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.4   Tunisia 367 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.0
Portugal 492 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.5   Kosovo 362 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.6
Italy 490 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.8   Algeria 360 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 3.0
Iceland 488 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.0   Dominican Republic 328 Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.7
Spain 486 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.2          
Luxembourg 486 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.3          
Latvia 482 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.9          
Malta 479 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 1.7   U.S. states and territories      
Lithuania 478 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 2.3   Massachusetts 500 Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. 5.5
Hungary 477   2.5   North Carolina 471   4.4
Slovak Republic 475   2.7   Puerto Rico 378   5.6
Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. Average score is higher than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance.
Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance. Average score is lower than U.S. average score at the .05 level of statistical significance.
NOTE: Education systems are ordered by 2015 average score. The OECD average is the average of the national averages of the OECD member countries, with each country weighted equally. Scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. Standard error is noted by s.e. Italics indicate non-OECD countries and education systems. B-S-J-G (China) refers to the four PISA participating China provinces: Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Guangdong. Results for Massachusetts and North Carolina are for public school students only. Although Argentina, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan participated in PISA 2015, technical problems with their samples prevent results from being discussed in this report. This table corresponds to table 3 in Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Science, Mathematics, and Reading Literacy in an International Context (NCES 2017-048).
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2015.