DUBAI: 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, according to an official announcement at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, headquarters in Paris yesterday.
Revealing the results in the UAE, The Ministry of Education SAID The UAE achieved remarkable results, progressing significantly in the results of science, reading and mathematics.
Participation in the international assessment is useful for educational decision-makers in estimating the data resulting from the assessment and hence drawing up suitable policies and plans for the subjects referred to and making constant corrections to the relevant educational methodology.
The UAE has been participating in the assessment since 2009. 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 an 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 number of schools and students participating in the previous edition in 2015.
As many as 647 schools and 19,277 male and female students participated in the assessment, which covered all the curricula adopted in the UAE. The results showed that the students in both public and private schools across the UAE achieved remarkable progress in mathematics skills, advancing eight points on the scale of assessment over the previous edition. The UAE scored 435 in mathematics skills, 432 in reading skills and 434 in science skills.
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.
What is PISA?
PISA stands for the Programme for International Student Assessment. It 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 the ability of 15-year-olds to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and conducts attached surveys for principals, teachers and students.
The assessment is particularly important because it is included in the National Agenda, which outlines the future of the UAE and the broad lines of its general targets, under which the UAE will be among PISA’s top 20 countries in the world by 2021.