05-12-2023

Lithuanian pupils' achievements in line with average of most advanced OECD countries

Reading, mathematical and science literacy scores of Lithuanian 15-year-olds remain similar to those a few years ago, in line with the OECD average and ahead of a large share of the other countries participating in the study. This was revealed in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) study of 15-year-olds, conducted in 2022.

Lithuania's mathematical literacy score (475 points) is slightly above the OECD average (472 points) and higher than that of 56 countries, while it is lower than the score of 23 countries. Lithuania is ranked 24th-25th out of 81 countries. Lithuania's results are similar to those of Germany, France, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Italy and Norway.

Our 15-year-olds' reading literacy scores are higher than those of 49 countries and lower than those of 31 countries, with a total of 472 points (OECD average is 476). Lithuania is ranked 32nd out of 81 countries. Similar results have been obtained by France, Israel, Hungary and Slovenia.

Lithuania's science literacy score (484 points) is higher than that of 52 countries and lower than that of 28 countries. The OECD average is 485 points. Lithuania is in 29th-30th position, along with Portugal. 

The highest scores in all the three areas have been achieved by pupils in the capital and major cities. The lowest results are observed among pupils in rural and small-town schools. The actions initiated by the Government of Lithuania to strengthen the school network with the aim of providing access to quality education for all pupils, regardless of where they live, are of particular importance in this context.

In Lithuania, boys scored 5 points higher than girls in mathematical literacy, and the reverse was observed for reading literacy, i.e. girls scored 31 points higher than boys.

PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is an international study of 15-year-olds, that assesses pupils reading, mathematical and scientific literacy. Lithuania has been participating in PISA since 2006.