- An increased share of top performers (proficiency level 5 or 6) and a simultaneously reduced share of low performers (proficiency level 2 or lower) in all three assessed subjects, mathematics, reading and science, for Irish students;
- A significant reduction in the share of Irish students performing below proficiency level 2 in science since 2006;
- Irish students now score above the OECD average in mathematics and science;
- More than 10% of Irish students are top performers in reading.
"These improvements in international assessments are a reflection of the dedicated work that Irish teachers and their students continue to put in, despite the cutbacks in teaching numbers and teaching supports over the past few years.
Going forward, schools need to continue to adopt new teaching tools, particularly in the area of Information Technology, to assist in the on-going enhancement of our world rankings.
As a nation, we must continue to prioritise targeted investment in education of we are to compete on the world stage, both educationally and commercially."