UAE students ace international math assessment: Pisa


Some 49 per cent of the schools made progress in reading skills and 47 per cent in science skills.

The UAE has advanced eight points in mathematics skills, according to the results of the recent edition of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) 2018. The Ministry of Education said the results were announced at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) headquarters in Paris on Monday.

As many as 647 schools and 19,277 students participated in the assessment, which covered all the curricula followed in the UAE. The results showed that the students in both public and private schools achieved remarkable progress in mathematics skills, advancing eight points on the scale of assessment over the previous edition. The country scored 435 in mathematics skills, 432 in reading and 434 in science.

Some 49 per cent of the schools made progress in reading skills and 47 per cent in science skills. The schools achieved a progress of 62 per cent in mathematics.

Pisa is an international assessment implemented by the OECD every three years in collaboration with a group of international partners specialised in the field of tests and statistics. It measures students’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and conducts attached surveys for principals, teachers and students.

“Participation in this international assessment is useful for education decision makers in estimating the data resulting from the assessment and then drawing up suitable policies and plans,” the ministry said.

In 2018, the UAE was among 79 countries participating in the Pisa with a sample of male and female students from all public schools and private schools with overwhelming majority of Emirati students. This led the number of participating schools to increase by around 65 per cent and participating students by approximately 25 per cent, compared to the previous edition in 2015.

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