The Ministry of Education (MoE) announced that the UAE advanced 8
points in mathematics skills, according to the results of the recent edition of
the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018, which were
officially announced for the participating countries at the Organization for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD) headquarters in Paris yesterday. The UAE
achieved remarkable results, progressing significantly in the results of
science, reading and mathematics.
Participation in this international assessment is useful for
educational decision makers in estimating the data resulting from the assessment
and hence drawing up suitable policies and plans for the subjects referred to
and making constant corrections to the relevant educational methodology.
The UAE has been keen on participating in this international assessment
since 2009. In 2018, the UAE was among 79 countries participating in the PISA
with a sample of male and female students from all public schools and private
schools with overwhelming majority of Emirati students. This led the number of
participating schools to increase by around 65 per cent and participating
students by approximately 25 per cent compared to the number of schools and
students participating in the previous edition in 2015.
As many as 647 schools and 19,277 male and female students
participated in the assessment, which covered all the curricula adopted in the UAE.
The results showed that the students in both public and private schools across
the UAE achieved remarkable progress in mathematics skills, advancing 8 points
on the scale of assessment over the previous edition. The UAE scored 435 in
mathematics skills, 432 in reading skills and 434 in science skills.
Some 49 per cent of the schools made progress in reading skills and
47 per cent in science skills. The schools achieved a progress of 62 per cent
‘PISA’ stands for the Program for International Student Assessment.
It is an international assessment implemented by the OECD every three years in
collaboration with a group of international partners specialized in the field
of tests and statistics. It measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their
reading, mathematics and science knowledge and conducts attached surveys for principals,
teachers and students.
The assessment is particularly important because it is included in the
National Agenda, which outlines the future of the UAE and the broad lines of
its general targets, under which the UAE will be among PISA’s top 20 countries
in the world by 2021.
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