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Warsaw students among the best in the world

published: 2018-10-01 13:40, mlan
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The results of young people in Warsaw are among the highest in the world, indicates the largest international survey assessing the level of students’ knowledge and skills. These are the conclusions of scientists from Evidence Institute who isolated the results of Warsaw students from all Polish participants in the PISA survey.


As ordered by the City of Warsaw, an analysis of the results obtained by the students of Warsaw middle schools participating in the PISA, the largest international test of knowledge and skills, was conducted.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has been conducted since 2000 every 3 years by an international consortium managed by the OECD. Poland has participated in the PISA from the first edition. Our students solve reading, mathematics and reasoning tasks in natural sciences, which next form the basis for international comparisons of student skills. The PISA focuses on the practical application of school knowledge in solving problems encountered in everyday private, community and professional life. The essential skills include analytical thinking, reasoning and effective communication, as well as identifying, interpreting and solving problems in everyday situations.

About 4-5 thousand Polish 15-year-old students from several dozen schools participate in every edition of the PISA. 15-year-olds from Warsaw have taken part in all PISA editions. A total of more than 900 young Warsaw residents participated in the last 5 editions, and over 600 in the last three editions. This is enough to draw conclusions on their skill level and compare it with the performance of students from large cities in other countries. On the basis of the last 3 editions of the PISA (2009, 2012, 2015), it is possible to make such a comparison for the residents of large cities in 26 OECD and EU countries. The scores of young Varsovians were compared with those of 15-year-old students attending schools in cities with at least 1 million residents.