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UAE PISA Test Rankings Move Up Two Places

UAE PISA Test Rankings Move Up Two Places

The UAE has climbed two places to 46th position in the latest round of PISA tests, the results of which have just been released.

The tests were conducted in 72 countries around the world. The UAE is now the highest performing Arab country in its rankings, beating Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia and Algeria.

The report highlights that the UAE also reduced school truancy by 50 percent since the last testing. The number of students reporting they had missed a day of school in the two weeks prior to the PISA testing fell from 50 percent (ranking the UAE 8th globally for truancy) to 20 percent. That positions the country in 27th place in the truancy rankings.

The number of UAE students who reported repeating a year also fell from 14 percent in 2009 to 12 percent in 2015.

For performance and equity in education outcomes Singapore again topped the list, with Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Hong Kong (China) and Macao (China) making up the top of the table


What is PISA Testing?

PISA testing is carried out every four years by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an independent and impartial organisation which analyses economic growth and development.


In 2015, half a million 15-year-old students- representing 28 million students in 72 countries and economies sat a two-hour test, with questions on science, maths, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy.

The process also asked parents and educators their thoughts on school policy, practice and resources.

To read the full 2015 PISA report in full visit: here

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