Published: December 06 2023
The latest PISA study evaluated the reading and mathematics skills of Hungarian students and compared them to previous results and the performance of other OECD countries. Despite the challenges of the pandemic and the difficult economic situation, Hungarian students maintained and slightly improved their skills.
Hungarian Students' Performance in PISA Study
The 2022 PISA study showed that Hungarian students' reading and mathematics skills remained stable compared to the previous results in 2018. In contrast, several countries with exemplary education systems experienced a significant decline in the skills of their 15-year-olds.
Adaptation to Digital Education and Reduction in Weak-Performing Students
Hungarian students successfully transitioned to digital education and showed resilience amidst the challenging circumstances. The number of weak-performing students in Hungary slightly decreased, indicating an overall improvement in student performance.
Comparisons to OECD Averages and Proficiency Levels
In mathematics, Hungarian students scored slightly above the OECD average, while their science and reading scores were similar to the OECD average. The study also measured proficiency levels, and Hungarian students exhibited higher rates of reaching proficiency level 2 compared to the OECD average.
Children's Satisfaction and Safety
The study revealed that the majority of Hungarian children reported making friends easily and feeling a sense of belonging to their community. Additionally, the level of satisfaction with their lives improved in Hungary since the previous study. Hungarian students also expressed feeling safe on their way to school and in the classroom, with rates below the OECD average.
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and economic situation, Hungarian students have demonstrated resilience and maintained their reading and mathematics skills. The results of the PISA study provide valuable insights into the education system's strengths and areas for further improvement.
Questions & Answers
What is the PISA study? The PISA study is an international assessment that measures the reading, mathematics, and science skills of 15-year-old students from various countries.
How did Hungarian students perform in the 2022 PISA study? According to the head of the Hungarian Education Office, Hungarian students maintained and slightly improved their reading and mathematics skills compared to the previous results in 2018. This is noteworthy considering the decline in performance seen in other OECD countries.
How many countries participated in the 2022 PISA study? The 2022 PISA study included 81 countries.
How many Hungarian students participated in the 2022 PISA study? A total of 6,198 students from 270 public education institutes in Hungary completed the tests.
What were the average scores of Hungarian students in mathematics, science, and reading? In mathematics, Hungarian students scored an average of 473 points, which is slightly higher than the OECD average of 472 points. In science, Hungarian students scored an average of 486 points, compared to the OECD average of 485 points. In reading, Hungarian students scored an average of 473 points, while the OECD average was 476 points.
What percentage of Hungarian students reached proficiency level 2 in mathematics, reading, and science? In mathematics, 70.5 percent of Hungarian students reached proficiency level 2, compared to an average of 68.9 percent in OECD countries. In reading, 74.1 percent of Hungarian students reached proficiency level 2, compared to an average of 73.7 percent in OECD countries. In science, 77.1 percent of Hungarian students reached proficiency level 2, while the average for OECD countries was 75.5 percent.
How did Hungarian students compare to the OECD average considering GDP-per-capita ratio? Hungary scored above average in the PISA study considering its GDP-per-capita ratio.
How did Hungarian students feel about their social connections and belonging? According to the study, 81 percent of Hungarian children said they made friends easily and felt they belonged to a community, compared to an average of 76 percent.
Did Hungarian students feel safe at school? The number of Hungarian children who reported feeling unsafe on their way to school or in the classroom was below the OECD average. Only 7 percent felt unsafe on their way to school, and 5 percent felt unsafe in the classroom.
Did Hungarian students express satisfaction with their lives? The general satisfaction of children with their lives decreased slightly compared to the previous study, with 18 percent of students saying they were dissatisfied. However, in Hungary, the indicator improved from 16 percent dissatisfaction in 2018 to 13 percent dissatisfaction in 2022.