Switzerland Top European Score in Mathematics of the PISA 2012 Survey

Switzerland Top European Score in Mathematics of the PISA 2012 Survey

The 15 year old students from Switzerland who participated in the PISA 2012 survey scored best among all European countries in mathematics.

The PISA 2012 survey focused on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment. For the first time, PISA 2012 also included an assessment of the financial literacy of young people. Approximately 510’000 students between the ages of 15 years and 16 years completed the assessment in 2012, representing about 28 million 15-year-olds in the schools of the 65 participating countries.

Switzerland scored as best European country in the overall comparison 9th place in mathematics of the PISA 2012 survey. Shanghai-China has the highest scores in this section. Singapore, Hong Kong-China, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Macao-China, Japan, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, in descending order of their scores, round out the top ten performers in mathematics.

In reading the Swiss students scored higher than in the previous studies and in science slightly lower, but still above the OECD average.

PISA graph

PISA comparison of the performance of 15 year old students
Left: Switzerland (Reading, Mathematics, Science) Right: OECD-countries (Reading, Mathematics, Science)

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