Norwegian 5th-graders the best in the Nordic countries in mathematics

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen Nursery Oslo schoolMinister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen .Photo

Norwegian 5th graders are the best in Scandinavia when it comes to mathematics, shows the student survey TIMMS which was presented on Tuesday.

A survey carried out in 2015 shows that Norwegian pupils in secondary schools do fairly well in both mathematics and science.

– This shows that a lot is going well in the Norwegian school. Norwegian teachers are doing a job we can be proud of, says Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

Altogether 57 countries participated in the international surveys TIMSS and TIMSS Advance.

The tests are performed every four years and measure pupils’ competence in mathematics and science at the 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th grade and 3rd year of high school, in addition to a variety of other topics.

In Norway, 140 primary schools and 144 schools with lower secondary participated.

However, these are not the only school tests which will be submitted at the end of the year. On December 6 Norwegian schools will be participating in the disputed PISA survey, which measures basic skills in reading, mathematics and science among 15 year olds in 72 countries.

This year’s test has a particular focus on science.

As well as this, the results of national tests for Year 5 in reading, mathematics and English will be released on the 1st December.

National tests for 8th and 9th grades have already been presented, and showed no change in the national average compared to last year.



Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today