New Zealand teenagers’ scores in an international test of maths, science and reading have bottomed out at their lowest point since testing began in 2000.
But their rankings in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test of 540,000 15-year-olds in 72 nations and economic areas have improved, because other countries’ average scores declined even more.
The results of the two-hour test conducted last year were published overnight and show slight decreases in New Zealand’s scores in all three subjects.
The falls were small – three to five points in scores of 495 to 513 points – and were not regarded as statistically significant.
The government said that was good news and showed that New Zealand’s scores had stabilised following a sharp drop in the…