Gold stars all round as Irish students rank among world’s best

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New figures from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) show that Irish students are among the top performers in the world when it comes to maths, reading and science.

This year’s results are a huge improvement on figures released last year’s, which indicated a significant slump in basic reading and numeracy standards.

However, the most recent results of the study (which was carried out on 5,000 15-year-olds at some 180 schools) have redressed the balance, with Irish students breaking into the top ten of the 65 countries that were tested in terms of reading, where they placed seventh in the table. The results for science and maths were also encouraging with Irish students placing fifteenth and twentieth, respectively.

The notable boost in students’ science scores has been largely attributed to the introduction of science in primary schools back in 1999, along with revisions to the Junior Cert science syllabus – a sure instance of reaping the benefits of consideration, planning and foresight.


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