Are students well prepared for future challenges? Can they analyse, reason and communicate effectively? Do they have the capacity to continue learning throughout life? The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) answers these questions and more, through its surveys of 15-year-olds in the principal industrialised countries. Every three years, it assesses how far students near the end of compulsory education have acquired some of the knowledge and skills essential for full participation in society.
Based on test results in 2006, Finland and South Korea were in the top five in reading and maths. Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Greece were below average .
What are the reasons for this poor performance of our teenagers?
How would you improve these results?
Watch this video about learning science in a Primary School in Finland.
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