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International student assessment

Test shows Dublin students in top 10 worldwide

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The Dublin City School District can compete with the best in the world.

Dublin City Schools Board of Education members this week heard results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) given to 15-year-old students throughout the world.

The test is new to the district. Currently tests allow Dublin City Schools to compare student achievement locally, regionally and nationally.

PISA lets the district compare student learning on a national and international scale, Superintendent David Axner said.

"We're pretty excited to report this," Axner said of the scores.

PISA was started in 2000 and is given to 15-year-olds every three years, said Craig Heath, Dublin's director of data and assessment. Students are tested in science, math and reading.

"This allows us to network with schools in the country and around the world," Heath said.

While final scores for the test haven't been released yet, Jerome and Scioto high schools were chosen to participate in a pilot group and got their scores through the new program.

The two Dublin schools, along with Westlake High School in northeast Ohio, were the only Ohio schools chosen. For the pilot program, Heath said, 117 schools in 48 districts in 21 states were chosen.

Scores on the test range from 250 to 700 and in reading the U.S. average is 500. The U.S. average in math is 487 and 502 in science, Heath said.

Jerome High School students scored an average 599 in reading, 604 in math and 601 in science.

At Scioto High School students scored an average 534 in reading, 532 in math and 536 in science.

"How far we are at performing with other countries in the world is amazing," Heath said.

Compared to the top countries in the world, both Jerome and Scioto are in the top 10.

For average reading scores, Korea is in the top 10 with 536 and Canada scored 524.

In math, a top scorer is Shanghai-China with an average score of 600.

In science, Shanghai-China again carries a top average with 575, followed by Finland with 554.

The PISA scores, Heath said, can be analyzed and used to help improve scores further. Scores for Coffman High School will be released with the final results, which are expected in December.

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