Juliet Sizmur, Maria Galvis and Catherine Kirkup
18 November 2020
In this additional analysis report we examine results from primary and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland in a number of recent international studies:
- Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) - 2015 and 2018
- Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) - 2015
- Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) - 2016
This analysis also looked at the factors that affect pupil performance, and made comparisons with England and the Republic of Ireland.
- Socioeconomic disadvantage remains the single most influential factor that impacts on educational under-achievement.
- Over time, the number of countries outperforming Northern Ireland in reading at post-primary has reduced and a higher proportion of pupils are working at the highest levels in primary maths. This evidence of gradual improvement suggests that the Count, Read: Succeed strategy has been successful in delivering and sustaining positive outcomes for learners.
- Only two countries out-performed Northern Ireland’s 9 year olds in reading in PIRLS 2016.
- PISA 2018 results showed that post-primary reading and maths results had not changed significantly since 2006, and that science results were significantly lower than they had been in 2006, 2009 and 2012.