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Decline in Finnish fourth graders’ mathematics and science achievement (29th November 2016)

Overall Finland performed well in the TIMSS comparison of nearly 50 countries

The fall that has earlier been found in PISA in Finnish 15-year-olds’ achievement can now also be seen at the fourth grade. Boys’ scores in particular have deteriorated, and girls now outperform them in all the content areas assessed. To guarantee better results in the future, special attention needs to be paid to students’ attitudes and abilities at the beginning of basic education. These were some of the main findings of the international TIMSS study assessing mathematics and science achievement, the results of which were released on November 29. 

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