The results of an international education evaluation, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), were published today. The Philippines was placed 2nd worst nation in the rankings of OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) with its 15-year-old students’ performance being at the bottom in reading literacy.
It is the first time the Philippines participated in the assessment, and the results confirm the general belief and expectations about deficiencies in the country’s educational system. According to the results, the majority of the Filipino teenagers tested didn’t demonstrate the basic skills needed to be acquired by the age of 15.
All disciplines; mathematics, science, and reading; not only have plunged to the international average but were placed bottom one in reading and bottom two in both science and mathematics.
All Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) member states and many other countries participate in PISA, with 600,000 students from 79 countries and economies.
This year PISA was particularly focused on reading, in which Philippine students ranked lowest. Singapore tops the international ranking list in reading, with China the world’s best performer in science and mathematics.
According to the report and results presented today, Philippine’s mean performance in reading is 340 points, 147 points below the OECD average. Several countries that participated in the test also have a lower score than the OECD average in all disciplines: mathematics, science, and reading.
As for science, the Philippines is the second lowest performing country among all world participants, with a score of 357 points – 132 points lower than the OECD average.
As in science and reading, students also scored poorly in mathematics, with 353 points – 136 points behind the average performance across the OECD countries. Panama has an equal score with Philippines, with only Dominican Republic scoring fewer points with 325.
The Beijing-Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang group from China topped the rankings after scoring higher than the OECD average in reading (555), math (591), and science (590).
Singapore ranked second while Macao landed in third place.