PISA OUTSTANDING RESULTS

The Instituo Espanñol Vicente Cañada Blanch (IEVCB) in London has participated for the first time in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) produced by the OCDE. The international evaluation PISA is carried out every three years in more than 60 countries all over the world and measures the knowledge applied and competences in reading, mathematics and sciences of the 15 year old students. Because it is an external evaluation carried out with the same methodology, not only is it an tool for educational performance analysis that allows for the adoption of methods to improve the educational and the centre’s administration, but also the most recognised and internationally used study as a tool to establish comparisons between the different educational systems.

In reading the IEVCB has reached an average performance score of 536 points, which in a comparative context is a figure much higher than the average obtained by either Spain (and any of its Autonomous communities), that was in the previous evaluation for reference 488 points or the average obtained by the OECD countries that have 496 points.

In Mathematics the IEVCB reached an average performance score of 540 points, which in a comparative context is a much higher figure to the average obtained by either Spain which was in the previous evaluation for reference 484 points, or the average obtained by the OECD countries that have 494 points (the same achieved by the United Kingdom) or that of Finland which was 514.

Finally, in Sciences the IEVCB reached an average performance score of 526 points, which in a comparative context is much higher than the three averages obtained by either Spain, which in the last evaluation was 496 points, by the average obtained by the OECD countries which was 501 points or that of the United Kingdom (514). And results less than the average by Finnish students which in this subject reached 545 PISA points.

At least two important conclusions that can be drawn from the main results briefly shown. The first thing, that students of the IEVCB in London have acquired in their final part of obligatory secondary education a series of competences and skills in fundamental fields at a high level. The second, that the centre, with the competition of all the educational community, has shown to be capable of supplying a very good educational and training service to its students, considering that it doesn’t seem possible to achieve such extraordinary results without a well managed and solidly grounded process from the start of schooling until 15 years of age.

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