World rankings in science, maths and reading published

The latest report from the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) has shown no significant improvement for the UK in mathematics performance over the past 3 years.

According to the results (based on the skills and knowledge of 15 year old students around the world), the UK is still around average among OECD countries and well behind the world leaders in mathematics. 

In science - the main area the report focuses on - UK students score above average and report positive attitudes towards the subject, and more of them than average expect to have a science related career. 

Mike Ellicock, chief executive, National Numeracy said: “It’s great to see the UK’s improvement in science, with more young people interested in a science career, but it’s deeply disappointing that we don’t see the same improvement in maths. Our results are still only average and way behind the world leaders, with too many young people failing to reach the international baseline.”

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