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16 September 2011
Welcome to the results of Dubai’s first ever participation in the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2009. KHDA has produced a report and a series of fact sheets that describe the results of Dubai’s students.
The use of international assessments is an important tool to compare the performance of students with international benchmarks. PISA measures the ability of 15-year-olds to apply knowledge in the domains of Reading, Mathematics and Science to everyday tasks and challenges. PISA is conducted every three years and the 2009 assessment had a specific focus on Reading. In Dubai, 5,620 students from 134 public and private schools participated in PISA 2009.
Participation in assessments such as PISA allows us to contrast student performance across the many different curricula in Dubai’s schools. Along with student assessments, PISA also gathered background information from students and school principals that enables analysis on the contextual factors associated with students’ performance in PISA. The results of these analyses comprise important evidence for KHDA to work with schools to continue to improve the quality of education that Dubai’s students receive and as a knowledge base for further policy research and analysis.
Dubai PISA 2009 Report
This landmark report provides an account of the results from Dubai’s first participation in PISA. It includes descriptions of the importance of PISA for international and internal comparisons as well as detailed analysis of the results. In particular, analysis of the differences between students attending different types of curricula within schools in Dubai and between the results of boys and girls across the three literacy domains of Reading, Mathematics and Science are discussed.
To read the Dubai PISA 2009 Report, please click here.