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Taiwan's students do well in international math assessment
Central News Agency
2014-04-02 11:08 PM
Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Taiwan's students did well in mathematical literacy in the latest international student assessment survey, ranking fourth, the results showed Tuesday. In the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) of 65 countries and economies, Taiwan's 15-year-olds were outranked only by their counterparts in Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong. The assessment of the students' reading, mathematics and science ability was carried out in 2012 and published Tuesday by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Hung Pi-hsia, Taiwan's 2012 PISA national project manager, said Wednesday. Taiwan's students ranked 13th in the area of science and eighth in terms of reading ability. Hung said the assessment also looked at the ability of 15-year-olds to solve problems they had never encountered before and for which a routine solution had not been learned. The problem-solving rankings were dominated by Asian students, with Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taiwan taking the top seven positions in that order. The PISA 2012 tested more than 510,000 students in 65 countries and economies, including 6,037 students from 163 schools in Taiwan, focusing primarily on math. The triennial PISA was introduced in 2000 and Taiwan's students were included for the first time in 2006, topping the math rankings, but fell to fifth place in 2009. In the science assessment, Taiwan ranked fourth in 2006 and 12th in 2009, and in reading placed 16th in 2006 and 23rd in 2009. (By Chang Jung-hsiang and Evelyn Kao)
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