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PISA update shows positive results for England in problem solving

1 April 2014

Today sees the release of an updated PISA 2012 national report for England which shows pupils in England having particular strengths in problem solving and performing better than expected given their results in PISA mathematics, science and reading.

England was the only country in the UK to take part in the computer based assessment of problem solving and its results have been published alongside the other 43 countries and economies that participated in this aspect of PISA 2012.

Headline findings for England:

Read the full report at /publications/PQUK01 

PISA 2012: UK national reports go live

3 December 2013

Today sees the release of the hotly anticipated results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland from the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment survey – otherwise known as PISA.

The OECD’s now famous global survey of the educational achievement of 15-year-olds was carried out in the UK by NFER on behalf of the respective governments, and the national reports published on the NFER website this morning.

PISA assesses students’ mathematics, science and reading skills. Mathematics was the main subject in PISA 2012 and so was assessed in greater depth compared with the other two areas. Pupils in England were also assessed on their problem solving skills, and these results will be released in 2014.

In England, a total of 170 schools and 4185 pupils took part in PISA 2012; in Wales137 schools and 3305 pupils took part; and in Northern Ireland 89 schools and 2224 pupils took part. The survey was carried out during November and December 2012. NFER also carried out the survey in Scotland during March and April 2013. The Scottish Government have published their own national report.

As an important international research project, PISA provides a wealth of data on national education systems. The points below outline some findings from each of the UK reports:

Headline findings for England:

Read the full report at /publications/PQUK01

Headline findings for Wales:

Read the full report at /publications/PQUK02

Headline findings for Northern Ireland:

Read the full report at /publications/PQUK03

Results for the United Kingdom as a whole are included in the international PISA report published by the OECD with the results of the other 64 participating countries. With the UK, this included 34 OECD member countries and 27 members of the European Union. The results from PISA provide the Government with complementary information to that provided by other international surveys, such as the Trends in International Maths and Science Survey (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).

In addition, England’s performance in mathematics will also feed into the debate following England’s numeracy results in the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which found that England’s performance in numeracy was below the OECD average with particularly poor performance in young adults.