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PISA 2000

Summary

Information about PISA 2000, including a summary of New Zealand's performance and access to publications using PISA 2000 data.

Key Facts: PISA 2000
When: July - August 2000.
Who: 3,667 15-year-old New Zealand students from 153 schools (state, state-integrated and independent). Schools and students were selected using a two-stage stratified sampling design. Internationally, around 300,000 students took part.
What: OECD International Standardised Study: reading literacy (main focus), mathematical literacy and scientific literacy and a school, student and parent questionnaire.
Where: 32 countries (including New Zealand) plus an additional 11 countries administered PISA 2000 in 2002.


Reading Literacy (main focus)

PISA's Definition of Reading Literacy:
Reading Literacy is understanding, using and reflecting on written texts, in order to achieve one’s goals to develop one’s knowledge and potential and to participate in society.
Source: OECD (1999) Measuring Student Knowledge and Skills: A New Framework for Assessment, Paris: OECD.

Key PISA 2000 reading literacy findings

  • New Zealand students were among the best with the:
    • highest proportion of students at the top of reading literacy
    • third highest mean score on the combined reading literacy scale as measured by PISA.
  • Girls, students from high decile schools, students from high socio-economic status families, students from single-sex schools (although this probably linked to socio-economic status) and students from major urban areas performed relatively well.
  • Some groups who didn't perform well were still above the OECD mean.
  • There was a wide spread of scores within schools - it is likely that each school is working with a diverse range of student ability.
  • It was evident that there were students from each gender and each ethnic grouping who were high performers. Similarly, there were students from each of these groups who were low performers. The performance differences within these groups were greater than the difference between these groups (eg, there was more variation in performance among girls than there was between boys and girls).

Key findings of mathematical and scientific literacy

  • New Zealand is in the top performing group of countries for both mathematical and scientific literacy with the:
    • third highest mean score for mathematical literacy, sixth highest for scientific literacy as measured by PISA.
  • There is not much difference between boys and girls in New Zealand in these areas of literacy.
  • Students from high decile schools, high socio-economic families and single -sex schools (although this is probably linked to socio-economic status), perform relatively well. 
  • For scientific literacy, students from major urban schools perform better (no statistical difference for mathematical literacy). 
  • There was a wide spread of scores within schools - it is likely that each school is working with a diverse range of student ability.

PISA 2000 Questionnaires

All participating students completed a 30 minute questionnaire that asked about students’ attitudes, beliefs, learning strategies, and the home and school environments within which students learn. Students also completed a ten minute Information and Technology and Communications Questionnaire. Principals (or his or her delegate) also completed a School Questionnaire.

PISA 2000 Questionnaires
Student Questionnaire
 pdf-icon  PISA Student Questionnaire (New Zealand) [PDF 80KB]
School Questionnaire
 pdf-icon  PISA School Questionnaire (New Zealand) [PDF 87KB]


PISA 2000 Publications

The Ministry of Education has published one research report and a number of focus reports based on the 2000 PISA assessments.  The focus reports are based on the PISA 2000 results and highlight the factors that are associated with high achievement in reading literacy for Māori, Pasifika and students from low Socio-economic backgrounds in three separate reports. The educational outcomes in reading, scientific, mathematical literacy of the three groups are also briefly reviewed.  All PISA 2000 reports are listed on the PISA publications page (please refer to the 'Downloads/Links' box top right).

PISA 2000: The New Zealand context
Indicator Icon  PISA 2000: The New Zealand context

This document provides detailed information on how New Zealand's 15-year-old students performed. The report places an emphasis on the performance of sub-groups of New Zealand's population, e.g., gender and ethnic groupings.
Author: Fiona Sturrock and Steven May
Date Published: January 2002

 

Focus Reports 

PISA Focus Report: Focus on Māori achievement in reading literacy
Indicator Icon  PISA 2000: Focus on Māori Achievement in reading literacy: Results from PISA 2000

This report focuses on reading literacy of Pasifika 15-year-old students. Using information from the PISA 2000 study, this report reviews educational outcomes and examines the factors associated with high achievement among Pasifika students
Author
: Comparative Education Research Unit, Ministry of Education
Date Published
:  September 2004


PISA Focus Report: Focus on Pasifika students achievement in reading literacy
Indicator Icon  PISA 2000: Focus on Pasifika Students achievement in reading literacy: Results from PISA 2000

This report focuses on reading literacy of Pasifika 15-year-old students. Using information from the PISA 2000 study, this report reviews educational outcomes and examines the factors associated with high achievement among Pasifika students.
Author
: Comparative Education Research Unit, Ministry of Education
Date Published
:  September 2004


PISA Focus Report: Focus on low SES students' achievement in reading literacy
Indicator Icon  PISA 2000: Focus on low SES students' achievement in reading literacy: Results from PISA 2000

This report focuses on reading literacy of low SES 15-year-old students. Using information from the PISA 2000 study, this report reviews educational outcomes and examines the factors associated with high achievement among low SES students.
Author
: Comparative Education Research Unit, Ministry of Education
Date Published
:  November 2004

Downloads / Links

Indicator Icon  PISA 2000 Publications

Indicator Icon  PISA Publications

Where to Find Out More

For OECD PISA 2000 International data sets and publications please visit:

Website  OECD website: Main Results

Website  OECD website: Publications

Website  OECD website: International Data

Contact Us

For questions about PISA please contact:

Maree Telford
National Project Manager PISA
Research Division
Ministry of Education
P O Box 1666
Thorndon
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Phone:  +64-4-463 8831
Fax:       +64-4-463 8312
Email:     Maree Telford

Acknowledgement

We are very grateful to the schools that participated in the field trial and in the main study. Without the support of schools (both principals and staff), students and parents, this study would not have been possible. The efforts of these participants have provided New Zealand with a valuable resource.

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