Spanish students slipping in science, report shows

29th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2007, Madrid - Scientific knowledge among 15- year-olds in Spain is not improving year on year, according to advance information from the PISA report, carried out by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

29 November 2007

Madrid - Scientific knowledge among 15- year-olds in Spain is not improving year on year, according to advance information from the PISA report, carried out by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The report, details of which were leaked yesterday by specialist educational paper <i></i><i>Magisterio</i>, is based on science tests carried out on 15-year-old students. These results see Spain score just one point more than it did in the last survey, carried out three years ago. Those  that top the table, such as Finland, Hong Kong and Canada, have seen their scores improve consistently.

The aim of the PISA report - short for Program for International Student Assessment - is to take a snapshot of the education level of students from the most-developed countries, allowing for an analysis of any improvement or otherwise. In this latest edition, carried out in 2006, 57 countries participated, 20 of which did so for the first time ever.

Spain was ranked 31st out of the participants, five places lower than the last time the results of the test were published, three years ago.

The Education Ministry refused to comment on the results yesterday.

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