Scottish school standards in science and reading slump in damning Pisa survey
STANDARDS of reading and science in Scottish schools are declining while performance in mathematics is stagnating, according to a major international survey.
The 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) concluded that Scotland's performance was now "average" compared to other developed countries in all three disciplines.
In 2000, when Scotland first took part in the OECD survey of 15-year-olds, its performance in reading, science and maths were all above average.
Countries which have now moved ahead of Scotland in science include England, New Zealand, Slovenia, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
In reading, a greater number of countries performed significantly higher than Scotland with Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Slovenia all moving ahead.