Japanese Students Rank Lowest Ever in Reading: OECD

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Tokyo, Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese students ranked at their lowest level ever in reading while remaining in the top band in science and mathematics, in a triennial international survey on academic ability in 2018, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday.

The Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, tests covered about 600,000 15-year-old students in 79 countries and regions.

Japanese students came 15th in reading, down from eighth in the previous 2015 tests.

They scored 504 points on average in reading, which was higher than the average score of 487 among the 37 OECD members, but down by 12 points from the previous test, with students in the bottom bracket scoring fewer than 408 points accounting for 16.9 pct, up by 4.0 percentage points.

The education ministry believes Japanese students have room for improvement in finding information from texts, as well as evaluating the credibility of texts and clearly explaining their thoughts to others by giving reasons.

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