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OECD Assessment Results

Proficiency Levels

Students can be grouped into six levels of proficiency. Students below Level 1 do not have the skills necessary to enter the labor market. Level 2 is an important threshold, as PISA considers it to be a baseline level of proficiency at which students begins to demonstrate the competencies that will enable them to participate effectively and productively in life as successful students, workers, and citizens. At the upper end of performance, Levels 5 and 6 are the highest levels of proficiency in PISA and are considered to be “world class” and highly competitive.

Reading Results

In reading, the mean performance for students in the twelve HCPSS high schools that participated in the OECD Test for Schools ranged between 560 and 478. Table 1 shows the international comparison in reading. Seven HCPSS schools outperformed the top-ranked countries in reading, and 11 of the HCPSS schools scored above the mean performance obtained by students across schools in the United States in PISA 2009.

Figure 1. Reading Proficiency Levels (in percent) by HCPSS High Schools

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Math Results

In mathematics, the mean performance for students in the twelve HCPSS high schools that participated in the OECD Test for Schools ranged between 574 and 452. Table 2 shows the international comparison in mathematics. Ten HCPSS schools scored above the mean performance obtained by students across schools in the United States in PISA 2009.

Figure 2. Mathematics Proficiency Levels (in percent) by HCPSS High Schools

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Science Results

In science, the mean performance for students in the twelve HCPSS high schools that participated in the OECD Test for Schools ranged between 567 and 499. Table 3 shows the international comparison in science. Seven HCPSS schools outperformed three of the top four countries in science. Eleven HCPSS schools scored above the mean performance obtained by students across schools in the United States in PISA 2009.

Figure 3. Science Proficiency Levels (in percent) by HCPSS High Schools

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