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PISA tests show decline in European student competence

December 9th, 2023

An expert reads the result of the international survey as a sign that something has gone wrong in public education in European countries.

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students’ reading, mathematics, and science literacy has produced slightly worsening trends in Hungary but sharply declining ones in leading European countries. Hungarian students scored their worst results in mathematics and reading, but better results in science than in the previous test in 2018. 

On Portfolio, education expert Péter Radó calls the results of the PISA test in leading European countries outright shocking. OECD countries have produced declines in all three areas of student competence, with the leading north-European countries sinking to the level of Hungary and the rest of Central Europe – he writes. High student literacy was only measured in advanced east Asian countries this time. He concludes that from now on, ‘we have to worry not only about the competitiveness of our own country but of that of the European Union as a whole’.


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