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Wow I never knew that there is this kind of report.

“The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. To date, students representing more than 70 economies have participated in the assessment.” from PISA website.

PISA measured the ability of 15-years old, assumed to have finished their compulsory education, they are tested with problem skill in real life setting especially in math, science and reading. Indonesia is actually a part of it. Here is the gist, on overall Indonesian youth performance in 2012.

  • In Indonesia, the average performance in reading of 15-year-olds is 396 points, compared to an average of 496 points in OECD countries. Girls perform better than boys with a statistically significant difference of 28 points (OECD average: 38 points higher for girls).

  • On average, 15-year-olds score 375 points in mathematics, the main topic of PISA 2012, compared to an average of 494 points in OECD countries. Boys perform better than girls with a non statistically significant difference of 5 points (OECD average: 11 points higher for boys).

  • In science literacy, 15-year-olds in Indonesia score 382 points compared to an average of 501 points in OECD countries. Girls perform better than boys with a non statistically significant difference of 3 points (OECD average: only 1 point higher for boys).

Oops, I think the whole report isn’t the one I would expect. Its rather gloomy.

Its quite surprising, I thought Indonesian people are quite smart, given I always met people who are smarter than me. I am not really good in math either, I don’t know if its because of the education or just me being stupid lol.

But wait, its not the whole story though. I wonder how they make comparison between students in 70 countries since there should be a whole lot of different culture, mental model and maybe technical difficulties (read: Indonesian sloowwwww internet). Would this measurement reliable though?

Based on this entry in guardian ( OECD PISA test damaging education academics ) : not so much.