December 6, 2016

 The results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in2015, which assesses the extent to which 15-year-old students at the end of compulsory education can apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situation and is administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), were announced today.

 The results of PISA 2015 show that Japan remains one of top performing countries in all three domains: science, reading and mathematics and that Japanese students’ attitude towards science has improved.

 Viewed together with the results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which were announced recently, the results of PISA 2015 confirm the efficacy of the efforts being made by schools and boards of education for the fostering of “solid academic ability,” as well as of the dedicated and earnest efforts shown by teachers overall in school education in Japan.

 At the same time, in regards to reading literacy, the results of PISA 2015 reveal the confusion and difficulty students may have with computer-based assessment as well as problems that have been pointed out in the process of considering the next national curriculum standards.

 In order to maintain and continue to improve children’s academic ability, MEXT will promote:

  • ・the realization of education for fostering children’s competency and the enhancement of Japanese language education through revisions in the national curriculum standards;
  • ・the development of children’s linguistic competence and information literacy, which are the foundation for learning, based on measures for improving reading comprehension;
  • ・the increase in the fixed number of teachers, which will be necessary to ensure the teacher allocation, which will provide the new education for responding to the changes in the coming era.

(Office for Assessment of Academic Ability, School Management Support Division, Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau)