Minister of Education Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir has expressed her disappointment over the results of the OECD’s 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, which were released yesterday.
Most 10th grade students (15-year-olds) in Iceland participated in the study last year and the results showed that their knowledge of mathematics was worse than in 2000 as well as their reading abilities, ruv.is reports.
In 2000, eight countries were above Iceland in terms of reading abilities, but last year, 15 countries surpassed Iceland in this field. In 2000, seven countries ranked higher than Iceland in mathematics, but ten countries in 2006.
The PISA study compares the reading abilities and knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences of 15-year-olds in 57 different countries.