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More Than 60% of Mexico High School Seniors Have Poor Science and Math Skills

Laura Poy Solano - La Jornada
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February 28, 2015

In Mexico, 33% of high school seniors under the age of 18 can only complete basic arithmetic, while 30% are in the lowest levels of competency in science and 20% in reading. Their performance falls below the minimum, which prevents them from continuing on to higher education or successfully joining the employment market.

The study, Student Performance at the End of High School in 2012 on the Program for International Evaluation (PISA) was carried out by the National Institute for Educational Assessment and Evaluation (INEE) on 17-year-old high school seniors in Mexico. In the study, their performance on the PISA test was compared with that of 15 year-old students from other member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

According to the results of a study, students’ performance “is still insufficient compared to international standards”, although they are high school seniors.

It revealed that, in mathematics, at least a third of the students are below level two on the PISA test. In other words, “they can only carry out very simple arithmetic such as reading a single figure in a graph or table in which the names of the variables are clearly identified; they can follow clear and well defined instruction, and carry out routine procedures following direct instructions.”

Read the rest at Mexico Voices

Translated by Stuart Taylor

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