The Results of PISA 2003

PISA 2003 focused on mathematical literacy.



In PISA, mathematical literacy means "an individual's capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world, to make well-founded judgements and to use and engage with mathematics in ways that meet that individual's life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen".

Mathematical literacy entails analysing, explaining and communicating ideas and posing, formulating and solving mathematical problems in diverse areas of life and in varied everyday situations.

PISA stresses the application of mathematical knowledge in contexts that entail understanding, reflecting on and explaining matters.

In addition, PISA looked into problem-solving skills. In PISA, problem solving means young people's ability to address and solve problems across subject boundaries, where the route to a solution is not necessarily immediately obvious and in which helpful knowledge areas are not necessarily limited to the domains of mathematics, science or literacy.

The results of PISA 2003 were released in December 2004. In Finland the processs was conducted by the Institute for Educational Research (University of Jyväskylä).

In 2003 there were 41 participating countries /economies, of which 30 were OECD members.


Finland's results: Score points OECD countries All participants
Mathematical literacy 544 1st 2nd
Reading literacy 543 1st 1st
Science literacy 548 1st 1st
Problem solving 548 2nd 2nd





See also

The Finnish Succes in PISA 2. PISA 2003 (pdf)

OECD PISA 2003: Young Finns among the World Top in Learning Outcome
press release 7.12.2004