Spain worsens its results in the largest international examination of educational competencies, the report of the Program for the Comprehensive Assessment of Students (PISA, for its acronym in English) which is prepared every three years by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and whose 2018 edition is published this Tuesday.
Specifically, in mathematics Spanish students earn 481 points, five less than in the previous 2015 report, and 483 points in science, ten less than three years ago. The result in science is the worst since 2006, when this competence in PISA began to be evaluated. In the same year you have to go back to find a similar score in mathematics.
The report presented on Tuesday by the OECD reflects the results of 600,000 students at the end of secondary education in 79 countries representing 32 million teenagers around the world, and places Spain slightly below the international average. In both mathematics and science, the average of the OECD countries is 489 points.
In reading, the third of the competencies evaluated by the 2018 PISA Report, the Spanish results have not been published after detecting "anomalies" in "a significant percentage" of the tests carried out last year in institutes throughout the country.
In the reading fluency test there were students who solved 20 questions in less than 25 seconds, answering all with yes or no, something that happened in "a small number of centers in some areas of Spain," according to the OECD. The publication of the results of this test has been postponed without date while the causes of this "anomalous behavior" are investigated.
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