Finland will not be measuring its teenagers’ economic skills in the next PISA test
University of Jyväskylä professor: “We decided not to go crazy and tick all the boxes, but perhaps next time”
It will take at least until the year 2013 before we will find out if the Finnish teenagers, who have traditionally scored high marks in reading, mathematics, and science literacy, are also champions in the field of economic literacy.
In the next OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey in the spring of 2012, the emphasis will be on mathematics, but also the economic literacy skills of the 15-year-old secondary school pupils will be tested, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development announced on Tuesday.
In all, 65 countries or regions will take part in the next PISA survey, 19 of which will also test the economic literacy skills of their teenagers.
These countries will include Australia, France, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Spain, and the United States.
Finland will skip the economic literacy section of the survey.
”There are now so many options available that Finland did not see it could take part in all of them”, says Professor Pekka Kupari from the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä.
Next year’s PISA survey also includes a computer-based problem-solving section, which Finland will participate in.
“This time we will include in the survey more immigrant-background kids, perhaps around a thousand of them, in order to get a better understanding of their skills level”, Kupari explains.
“We decided not to go crazy and tick all the PISA boxes, but perhaps next time”, Kupari continues. He considers the testing of economic literacy “also absolutely significant”.
The OECD sees the economic literacy of the young and the testing of such skills as very important, for as adults today’s teenagers are likely to encounter more economic risks than their parents ever did, for example with regard to their savings, health expenses, and pension plans.
The questions related to economic literacy deal with bank accounts, bank cards, taxation, consumer rights, and the liabilities of economic agreements.
The 2012 PISA evaluation will be the fifth one of its kind.
According to the OECD, PISA was officially launched in 1997, with the first survey taking place in 2000, the second in 2003, the third in 2006, and the fourth in 2009.
“Future surveys are planned in 2012, 2015 and beyond”, the organisation says on its website.
Previously in HS International Edition:
New PISA study puts schoolchildren in Shanghai and South Korea ahead of Finnish kids in reading skills (8.12.2010)
Finland breaks point record in PISA study (5.12.2007)
Finland tops PISA in reading and mathematics as well (3.12.2007)
OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)