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PISA test: Are you better at maths than a 15-year-old?

The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment evaluates education systems worldwide by testing 15-year-olds in key subjects Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Wales has fallen further behind the rest of the UK - and most of the world - in new international education league tables published today.

The influential Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests look at the key skills of half a million 15-year-old pupils from 65 countries.

When the last set of results were published in 2010, the Welsh Government said they were 'unacceptable' and set in motion a range of reforms,

Today we know that Wales has actually fallen in the pecking order over the last three years - though the Education Minister and teaching unions say time and patience is needed for the reforms to take hold.

In this year's PISA rankings:

  • For science, we're now 36th out of 68 countries - that's six positions lower than 2010.
  • In reading, we've fallen to 41st position in the rankings.
  • In maths - the focus of these latest tests - we are now 43rd out of 68 countries.

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