Pupils near top in OECD rankings

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Pupils near top in OECD rankings

Korea ranked in the top four last year among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) members in reading, math and science performance of students aged 15, the organization said Tuesday.

The OECD announced the results of its 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which surveyed about 470,000 students in 65 countries, including OECD members.

The PISA results are described in terms such as “first-second” and “second-fourth” when there are no significant score differences in the ranking range.

Korea ranked “first-second” in reading, “first-second” in math and “second-fourth” in science in the survey. In Korea, 5,123 students in 137 high schools and 20 middle schools took part in the 2009 PISA test conducted in May of last year.

In 2003, Korean students ranked among the top four. In the 2006 PISA, Korea ranked fourth in math and first in reading.

Korean students scored an average of 539 and 546 in reading and math, the highest among OECD members. In science, the country ranked third. The OECD said in the report that Korea is a model case.

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