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Table 3 Percentage of students by PISA Proficiency levels by area of knowledge, OECD and Mexico, 2018

From: Early school entrance and middle-run academic performance in Mexico: evidence for 15-year-old students from the PISA test

Level Mathematics Science Reading
Lower score % of students Lower score % of students Lower score % of students
OECD Mexico OECD Mexico OECD Mexico
6 669 + 2.4 0.0 708 + 0.8 0.0 698 + 1.3 0.0
5 607–669 8.5 0.5 633–708 6.0 0.2 626–698 7.4 0.2
4 545–607 18.6 3.3 559–633 18.1 3.5 553–626 18.9 2.9
3 482–545 24.3 13.5 484–559 27.4 15.6 480–553 26.0 15.1
2 420–482 22.2 26.8 410–484 25.7 33.4 407–480 23.8 32.3
1a 358–420 14.9 29.5 335–410 16.1 11.9 335–407 14.9 2.4
1b     261–335 5.2 34.4 262–335 6.3 14.9
1c        189–262 1.3 32.1
Below − 420 9.1 26.3 − 261 0.7 1.0 − 189 0.1 0.1
  1. Generic description of levels
  2. Level 1: Insufficient to access higher education and to develop the activities required by life in the knowledge society
  3. Level 2: Identifies the minimum required to perform in contemporary society
  4. Level 3: Above the minimum necessary although not enough to perform more complex cognitive activities
  5. Level 4 and above: Has the potential to perform activities of high cognitive complexity