PISA 2015 Results (Volume II)

Policies and Practices for Successful Schools

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The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines not just what students know in science, reading and mathematics, but what they can do with what they know. Results from PISA show educators and policy makers the quality and equity of learning outcomes achieved elsewhere, and allow them to learn from the policies and practices applied in other countries. PISA 2015 Results (Volume II): Policies and Practices for Successful Schools, is one of five volumes that present the results of the PISA 2015 survey, the sixth round of the triennial assessment. It examines how student performance is associated with various characteristics of individual schools and school systems, including the resources allocated to education, the learning environment and how school systems select students into different schools, programmes and classes.

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Executive summary

Many of the scientific principles and theories that 15-year-olds are familiar with were learned at school. As with any other subject, the way science is taught in school can influence not only whether students do well in science, but also whether they become interested enough in the subject to want to pursue it later on, in further education or in a career. Given the impact of science and technology on our daily lives, the expected growth in science-related employment worldwide, and students’ declining interest in science as they progress through school, it is important to examine why some students are better prepared for and more interested in science-related careers than others.

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