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Table 1 Comparisons of mean scores in print reading, mathematics and science across grade levels (Ireland, all PISA cycles, and differences in average achievement across cycles)

From: Changes in achievement on PISA: the case of Ireland and implications for international assessment practice

Domain/Grade 2000 2003 2006 2009  
Mean SE Mean SE Mean SE Mean SE
Print reading Diff 2009-2000
Second year (G8) 410.7 9.55 406.2 10.01 420.2 13.06 376.0 10.88 -34.7
Third year (G9) 516.9 3.60 502.8 3.23 506.9 3.85 487.9 3.43 -29.0
Transition year (G10) 568.4 4.52 562.0 4.48 547.8 4.70 525.3 4.42 -43.1
Fifth year (G11) 547.9 4.30 530.8 4.36 530.9 4.56 498.2 5.51 -49.7
Mathematics Diff 2009-2003
Second year (G8) 409.1 12.14 406.8 9.48 414.9 9.54 384.8 11.63 -22.0
Third year (G9) 495.4 3.11 492.3 2.97 492.3 2.95 480.1 3.07 -12.2
Transition year (G10) 537.3 5.72 542.9 4.56 530.1 4.30 509.5 3.88 -33.4
Fifth year (G11) 516.6 4.48 515.1 5.32 511.5 4.18 496.1 4.86 -19.0
Science Diff 2009-2006
Second year (G8) 425.8 10.49 400.5 9.95 408.5 11.0 403.7 10.24 -4.8
Third year (G9) 504.6 3.86 494.1 3.30 499.3 3.5 501.7 3.74 +2.4
Transition year (G10) 550.9 5.61 548.6 4.71 537.1 4.3 532.9 4.93 -4.2
Fifth year (G11) 529.6 5.15 518.8 5.23 519.6 4.3 510.0 5.57 -9.6
  1. Note. Significant differences are in bold. International grade level equivalents are shown in brackets.