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Student performance (PISA 2022)
  • In mathematics, the main topic of PISA 2022, 15-year-olds in score 508 points compared to an average of 472 points in OECD countries.
  • On average, 15-year-olds score 483 points in reading compared to an average of 476 points in OECD countries.
  • In Switzerland, the average performance in science of 15-year-olds is 503 points, compared to an average of 485 points in OECD countries.
  • Average 2022 results were about the same as in 2018 in mathematics, reading and science.
  • In reading and science, results were also in line with those observed in 2015, when students were first assessed on computers, whereas they were lower than those observed in 2015 in mathematics. When considering a longer period of time, in all three subjects performance was below that observed in 2009 and 2012: over the most recent decade (2012-2022), performance declined by more than 20 points in mathematics and reading, and somewhat less in science.
  • Some 16% of students in Switzerland were top performers in mathematics, meaning that they attained Level 5 or 6 in the PISA mathematics test (OECD average: 9%). At these levels, students can model complex situations mathematically, and can select, compare and evaluate appropriate problem-solving strategies for dealing with them.
  • In Switzerland, 43% of students (the largest share) were in the top international quintile of the socio-economic scale, meaning that they were among the most advantaged students who took the PISA test in 2022. Their average score in mathematics was 553 score points; one of the highest for students of similar socio-economic background.
  • Boys outperformed girls in mathematics by 11 score points; girls outperformed boys in reading by 24 score points in Switzerland. Globally, in mathematics, boys outperformed girls in 40 countries and economies, girls outperformed boys in another 17 countries or economies, and no significant difference was found in the remaining 24. In reading, girls, on average, scored above boys in all but two countries and economies that participated in PISA 2022 (79 out of 81).
  • In Switzerland, 24% of students reported that their school building was closed for more than three months due to COVID-19. On average across OECD countries, 51% of students experienced similarly long school closures. In education systems where performance remained high and students' sense of belonging improved, fewer students experienced longer school closures.
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    The percentage of top performers in all subjects (mathematics, reading and science) is one of the highest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (4.8 %, rank 8/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Student performance in mathematics

    The mean score in mathematics performance is one of the highest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (508 PISA Score, rank 8/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Boys' performance in mathematics is one of the highest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (513 PISA Score, rank 7/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Girls' performance in mathematics is one of the highest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (502 PISA Score, rank 8/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The percentage of low performers in mathematics (below proficiency Level 2) is one of the lowest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (19.5 %, rank 72/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The percentage of top performers in mathematics (proficiency Level 5 or 6) is one of the highest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (16.1 %, rank 7/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The percentage of low-performing boys in mathematics (below proficiency Level 2) is one of the lowest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (18.9 %, rank 72/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The percentage of top-performing boys in mathematics (proficiency Level 5 or 6) is one of the highest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (18.8 %, rank 7/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The percentage of low-performing girls in mathematics (below proficiency Level 2) is one of the lowest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (20 %, rank 72/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The percentage of top-performing girls in mathematics (proficiency Level 5 or 6) is one of the highest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (13.4 %, rank 7/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Creative thinking

    Switzerland shows a high composite index of creative thinking self-efficacy (average=0, standard deviation of the OECD average=1). (0.22 PISA Index, rank 10/71 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Switzerland shows a low composite index of openness to art and experience (average=0, standard deviation of the OECD average=1). (-0.16 PISA Index, rank 65/72 , 2022) Download Indicator

    School climate

    Students in Switzerland reported feeling relatively safer than students in other OECD and partner countries/economies. (0.61 PISA Index, rank 1/74 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Classroom environment

    The shortage of schools' educational material is one of the lowest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (-0.8 PISA Index, rank 74/77 , 2022) Download Indicator

    School principals report having one of the smallest shortage of education staff among countries and economies participating in PISA. (-0.4 PISA Index, rank 61/69 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Student well-being

    Among OECD and partner countries with available data, Switzerland has one of the lowest index of mathematics anxiety. (-0.12 PISA Index, rank 72/76 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Students' engagement, drive and self-beliefs

    Switzerland has one of the smallest differences in mathematics performance associated with a one-hour increase in the time spent doing homework in mathematics, before accounting for students' and schools' socio-economic profile. (-21 PISA Score points, rank 57/58 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Switzerland has one of the smallest differences in mathematics performance associated with a one-hour increase in the time spent doing homework in mathematics, after accounting for students' and schools' socio-economic profile. (-17 PISA Score points, rank 57/59 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Sense of belonging at school

    In 2015, the index of sense of belonging was one of the highest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (0.36 PISA Index, rank 2/78 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Performance and socio-economic status

    The variance of results in mathematics is strongly associated with the socio-economic status of students, as measured by the PISA index of economic, social and cultural status (ESCS). (20.8 %, rank 7/79 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The difference in mathematics performance associated with a one-unit increase in the PISA index of economic, social and cultural status (ESCS) is one of the largest among PISA-participating countries and economies. (47 PISA Score, rank 9/79 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The maths performance of students in the bottom international decile of economic, social and cultural status (ESCS) scale is among the highest, compared to countries and economies participating in PISA. (400 PISA Score, rank 10/64 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The maths performance of students in the top international decile of economic, social and cultural status (ESCS) scale is among the highest, compared to countries and economies participating in PISA. (570 PISA Score, rank 7/79 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The percentage of top performers in maths among disadvantaged students in Switzerland is among the highest compared to countries and economies participating in PISA. (4.3 %, rank 10/79 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The percentage of low performers in maths among advantaged students in Switzerland is among the lowest compared to countries and economies participating in PISA. (5 %, rank 76/79 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The percentage of top performers in maths among advantaged students in Switzerland is among the highest compared to countries and economies participating in PISA. (34.9 %, rank 7/79 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Switzerland has one of the highest differences in mathematics performance between students in the top quarter and students in the bottom quarter of the economic, social and cultural status index (ESCS). (117 PISA Score, rank 6/79 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Switzerland is one of the countries where the relationship between reading performance and socio-economics status (ESCS) is the strongest. (19.5 %, rank 3/79 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Performance and diversity

    After accounting for socio-economic status, the difference in mathematics performance between non-immigrant and immigrant students is one of the largest among PISA-participating countries and economies, in favour of immigrants. (-31 PISA Score, rank 23/30 , 2022) Download Indicator

    In Switzerland, the difference in mathematics performance between immigrant students who speak the language of assessment at home and immigrant students who do not is relatively high compared to the other OECD and partner countries. (46 PISA Score, rank 2/17 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The percentage of students with an immigrant backgroung is one of the highest among countries and economies participating in PISA. (34.9 %, rank 5/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Among 15 year-olds, the share of first generation immigrant students in Switzerland is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (12.7 %, rank 8/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Among 15 year-olds, the share of second generation immigrant students in Switzerland is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (22.2 %, rank 3/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Resources for education

    Switzerland has one of the largest differences in mathematics performance associated with a one-hour increase in the time spent per day on digital devices for learning at school, after accounting for students' and schools' socio-economic profile. (2 PISA Score points, rank 9/60 , 2022) Download Indicator

    In Switzerland, students agree less with various statements about regulation of ICT use at school than in other the OECD and partner countries/economies. (-0.2 PISA Index, rank 48/52 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Teachers

    The share of teachers working full time in schools attended by 15-year-olds is one of the smallest among countries and economies participating in PISA 2018. (48.7 %, rank 77/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Between 2018 and 2022, Switzerland recorded a particularly small change in the percentage of teachers working full time in schools attended by 15-years-olds, compared to the other OECD and partner countries/economies. (-5.3 %, rank 25/27 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Between 2018 and 2022, Switzerland recorded a particularly significant change in the percentage of teachers working part time in schools attended by 15-years-olds, compared to the other OECD and partner countries/economies. (5.3 %, rank 3/27 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Governance

    Between 2018 and 2022, Switzerland recorded a particularly small change in the share of 15-year-old students attending government-independent private schools, compared to the other OECD and partner countries/economies. (-2 %, rank 16/17 , 2022) Download Indicator

    In Switzerland, compared to attending a public school, the difference in mathematics performance associated with attendance at private schools is among the smallest of the OECD and partner countries/economies, after accounting for students' and schools' socio-economic profile. (-43 PISA Score points, rank 34/39 , 2022) Download Indicator

    In Switzerland, the educational leadership is particularly limited compared to the other OECD and partner countries/economies. (-0.77 PISA Index, rank 74/75 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Switzerland has a relatively low percentage of students in schools whose principal reported that there are two or more other schools in this area that compete for these students. (29.2 %, rank 78/80 , 2022) Download Indicator

    COVID-19 effects on education

    Switzerland cumulated one of the shortest school closure periods because of COVID-19 according to students (2 Months, rank 72/77 , 2022) Download Indicator

    In Switzerland, students are characterized by their strong cooperation, when compared to other OECD and partner countries/economies, as measured by the PISA index of cooperation. (0.32 PISA Index, rank 2/39 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Switzerland is one of the OECD and partner countries/economies with the highest level of empathy, as measured by the PISA index of empathy. (0.2 PISA Index, rank 3/43 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Switzerland is one of the OECD and partner countries/economies with the highest level of assertiveness, as measured by the PISA index of assertiveness. (0.19 PISA Index, rank 2/45 , 2022) Download Indicator

    Switzerland is one of the OECD and partner countries/economies with the highest level of stress resistance, as measured by the PISA index of student's stress resistance. (0.17 PISA Index, rank 5/42 , 2022) Download Indicator

    In Switzerland, students are characterized by their strong emotional control, when compared to other OECD and partner countries/economies, as measured by the PISA index of students' emotional control. (0.13 PISA Index, rank 9/61 , 2022) Download Indicator

    In Switzerland, the schools were relatively badly prepared for remote instruction after the pandemic, compared to other OECD and partner countries/economies. (-0.39 PISA Index, rank 40/48 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The difference between advantaged and disadvantaged students in the confidence they have on their capacity to drive self-directed learning is one of the largest among countries participating in PISA (0.47 PISA Index, rank 10/73 , 2022) Download Indicator

    The difference between boys and girls in the confidence they have on their capacity to drive self-directed learning is one of the smallest among countries participating in PISA (-0.18 PISA Index, rank 26/30 , 2022) Download Indicator


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    • Singapore scored significantly higher than all other countries/economies in mathematics (575 points) and, along with Hong Kong (China), Japan, Korea, Macao (China), and Chinese Taipei, outperformed all other countries and economies in mathematics. Another 17 countries also performed above the OECD average (472 points), ranging from Estonia (510 points) to New Zealand (479 points).
    • Boys outperformed girls in mathematics by nine score points and girls outperformed boys in reading by 24 score points on average across OECD countries. In science, the performance difference between boys and girls is not significant.
    • An average of 69% of students are at least basically proficient in mathematics in OECD countries. This means they are beginning to demonstrate the ability and initiative to use mathematics in simple real-life situations.
    • In 16 out of 81 countries/economies participating in PISA 2022, more than 10% of students attained Level 5 or 6 proficiency, meaning they are high-performing: they understand that a problem is quantitative in nature and can formulate complex mathematical models to solve it. By contrast, less than 5% of students are high-performing in 42 countries/economies.
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    • Singapore scored significantly higher than all other countries/economies in reading (543 points) and science (561 points). Behind Singapore, Ireland performed as well as Estonia, Japan, Korea and Chinese Taipei while another 14 education systems performed above the OECD average in reading (476 points), ranging from Macao (China) (510 points) to Italy (482 points).
    • About three out of four students have achieved basic proficiency in reading in OECD countries.
    • In reading, an OECD average of 7% of students attained the highest proficiency levels of 5 or 6. In 13 countries/economies, more than 10% of students are top performers in reading.
    • No change in the OECD average over consecutive PISA assessments up to 2018 has ever exceeded five points in reading: in PISA 2022, however, the OECD average dropped by about 10 score points in reading compared to PISA 2018.. The unprecedented drops reading point to the shock effect of COVID-19 on most countries.
    • Only four countries and economies improved their performance between PISA 2018 and 2022 in all three subjects: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic and Chinese Taipei.
    • Trend analysis of PISA results reveals a decades-long decline that began well before the pandemic. In reading, performances peaked in 2012 and 2009, respectively, before dipping while performance began a downward descent in mathematics before 2018 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Slovak Republic and Switzerland.
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    • Mean performance in science remained stable.
    • In science, the highest-performing education systems are Singapore, Japan, Macao (China), Chinese Taipei, Korea, Estonia, Hong Kong (China) and Canada. Finland performed as well as Canada in science. In addition to these nine countries and economies, another 15 education systems also performed above the OECD average in science (485 points), ranging from Australia (507 points) to Belgium (491 points).
    • About three out of four students have achieved basic proficiency science in OECD countries.
    • In science, an OECD average of 7% of students attained the highest proficiency levels of 5 or 6. In 14 countries/economies, more than 10% of students are top performers in science.
    • Only four countries and economies improved their performance between PISA 2018 and 2022 in all three subjects: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic and Chinese Taipei.
    • Trend analysis of PISA results reveals a decades-long decline that began well before the pandemic. In science, performances peaked in 2012 and 2009, respectively, before dipping. while performance began a downward descent in mathematics before 2018 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Slovak Republic and Switzerland.
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    • Socio-economically advantaged students scored 93 points more in mathematics than disadvantaged students on average across OECD countries. The performance gap attributed to students' socio-economic status is greater than 93 score points in 22 countries or economies and 50 points or fewer in 13 countries or economies.
    • Boys outperformed girls in mathematics by nine score points and girls outperformed boys in reading by 24 score points on average across OECD countries. In science, the performance difference between boys and girls is not significant.
    • Non-immigrant students scored 29 points more than immigrant students in mathematics on average across OECD countries but non-immigrant students scored only five points more than immigrant students once socio-economic status and language spoken at home had been accounted for.
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    • Between 2018 and 2022 trends in students' sense of belonging at school were mixed, with equal proportions of countries/economies showing stable, improving or deteriorating trends. Of the 47 education systems with improving or stable trends, only 20 maintained or attained a level of students' sense of belonging at school that was at or above the OECD average. 
    • Around 10% of students reported feeling unsafe on their way to or from school, or in places outside of the classroom, on average across OECD countries. Some 20% of students reported that they are bullied at least a few times a month.
    • Overall, students felt more confident about using digital technology for learning remotely during future school closures than they felt about taking responsibility for their own learning. For instance, on average across OECD countries, about three out of four students reported that they feel confident or very confident about using a learning-management system, a school learning platform or a video communication program, as well as about finding learning resources online on their own.
    • Students' experience with learning at home was more positive in systems that were better prepared for remote learning. However, when learning remotely, 40% of all students reported feeling lonely and 50% of all students reported feeling anxious about schoolwork and that they fell behind in their studies; and three in ten students reported that teachers were not available when needed, on average across OECD countries. 
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    • Singapore, Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia and Finland are the highest-performing systems in creative thinking, significantly above the OECD average. Students in Singapore score 41 points on average in creative thinking.
    • There is a large performance gap in creative thinking between the highest-performing and lowest-performing country of 28 score points – or around four proficiency levels. 97 out of 100 students in the five best-performing countries performed above the average student in the five lowest performing countries.
    • Academic excellence is not a pre-requisite for excellence in creative thinking. While around half of all students who performed at the highest level in creative thinking performed at the highest level in mathematics, similar proportions of students within the third quintile of creative thinking performance scored within the second, third and fourth quintiles, respectively, in mathematics. However, very few students below a baseline proficiency in mathematics excelled in creative thinking.
    • In no country or economy did boys outperform girls in creative thinking, with girls scoring 3 points higher in creative thinking on average across the OECD. The gender gap is significant in all countries/economies after accounting for mathematics performance and in around half of all countries/economies even after accounting for students’ reading performance.
    • Students with higher socio-economic status performed better in creative thinking, with advantaged students scoring around 9.5 points higher than their disadvantaged peers on average across the OECD. In general, the strength of the association between socio-economic status and performance is weaker in creative thinking than it is for mathematics, reading and science.
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    Note: These values should be interpreted with care since they are influenced by countries' specific contexts and trade-offs. In education, there is often no simple most- or least-efficient model. For instance, the share of private expenditure in education must be read against other measures designed to mitigate inequities, such as loans and grants; longer learning time is an opportunity to convey more and better content to students, but may hinder investments in other important areas. If you want further information on the nature of different variables, please take the time to read the analysis and contextual information, available at the website for each publication.
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    *TALIS averages are based on all countries participating in the TALIS survey, including partner countries and economies. This explains the difference between the OECD average and the TALIS averages. Data from the TALIS survey and Education at a Glance (EAG) may differ. See Annex E of the TALIS technical report and Annex 3 of EAG 2021 for more details about the data collections.

    B-S-J-Z (China) refers to the four PISA-participating provinces/municipalities of the People's Republic of China: Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

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