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PISA 2009: New Zealand students amongst the best in the world

New Zealand’s 15-year-olds are amongst the best in the world in reading, mathematics and science, the new results of the PISA 2009 show.

For European students looking to study at upper secondary level in New Zealand, the findings can provide confidence that they will be studying alongside high performers.  

In reading literacy, only two OECD countries and two non-OECD partner economies performed better than New Zealand, meaning that almost one in six of New Zealand students are top-performing readers.
 
In the other two fields of this study - scientific literacy and mathematical literacy - New Zealand students also performed strongly, producing results well above the average for OECD countries. 

New Zealand Tertiary Education Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the good result, saying: "We have a lot to be proud of, as this study confirms our top students are among the best in the world”.

During July and August last year 4,643 15-year-old students from 163 New Zealand schools took part in the PISA 2009, alongside nearly half a million students from 65 countries.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study is administered every three years with a focus on one of the three key learning areas in each cycle. Reading literacy was the focus of 2009.
 
You can find more detailed information from 'PISA 2009: Our 21st century learners at age 15' at www.educationcounts.govt.nz and on www.minedu.govt.nz . 
 
 

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