The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published a report on the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA-2022). This assessment evaluated the math, reading, and science knowledge levels of 15-year-old students from 81 countries, as reported by QazMonitor, citing the press service of the Ministry of Education.
Kazakh school students demonstrated a noteworthy improvement in science, with a 26-point increase, marking the highest progress among participating countries that year. Additionally, the students maintained their results in math and reading, comparable to eight OECD countries. This achievement positioned Kazakhstan among the top 50 countries in math and science.
Among the 81 countries assessed, Kazakhstan secured the 46th position in math (compared to 54th in 2018), 61st in reading (compared to 69th in 2018), and 49th in science (compared to 69th in 2018).
It is worth noting that the results of PISA-2022 indicate a narrowing gap in the quality of knowledge between urban and rural students in Kazakhstan.
PISA 2022 assesses reading, science, and, as its main subject, mathematics. Being proficient in mathematics today is more than the mere reproduction of routine mathematical procedures. Rather, PISA considers a mathematically proficient person to be someone who can mathematically reason their way through complex real-life problems and find solutions by formulating, employing and interpreting mathematics.