The results of the 2018 study carried out by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) show Polish students ranking within the top 3 in Europe in mathematics, science and reading.
PISA studies are conducted under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in cooperation with representatives from the educational systems of participating member states. The study is repeated every three years. The results of the 2018 study were presented on Tuesday. The Polish Minister of National Education, Dariusz Piontkowski, commented on the results at a press conference in Warsaw during which he underlined that the Polish students perform very well compared to the international average and are placed in the European top 3.
Chinese students performed the best in all 3 fields measured by the study (mathematics, science and reading). In Europe, Polish students came in at 3rd place in mathematics with 516 points, beaten only by Estonia with 523 points and the Netherlands which scored 519 points. The Poles placed 4th in reading with 512 points. The European podium was claimed by Estonia with 523 points, Finland with 520 points and Ireland at 518 points. The Polish students also placed 3rd in science with 511 points, only behind Estonia with 530 points and Finland on 522 points.
The 2018 PISA study was conducted in all 36 OECD member states as well as in 43 other countries and regions. The total number of participating students amounted to 660 000. Poland was represented by more than 5500 15 year old students from 227 schools across the country. The study has been repeated every 3 years since the year 2000 and is considered the best method currently available to compare the level of educational systems on an international scale.