Oh, I remember this test; "our" students took it as an "outgroup" of countries that are not members of OECD. We were presented the results of science sub-test at the citywide biology teacher meeting. Well, the analyzed results presented by the nice, soft-spoken representative of the statistical institute were much more informative to us teachers than the scary stories that we read about in the newspapers and news websites (our students were at 42? place out of 48? I don't remember the exact placement any more)Originally Posted by Xyphir
Basically, the analysis was somewhat comforting (!) in that our students did not score well on parts of test that assessed skills that were not taught in our courses. Our students scored extremely well on recovery of factual knowledge, but had a hard time applying their knowledge to real-life situations and explaining the natural processes "in their own words".
The up side is that I realized that I have already used many of the released questions that assess the higher-order thinking skills when I was preparing teacher-made class tests for my courses (I came to the questions independently by looking over the curriculum) so at least I know my students are learning internationally important skills.