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Analysis to shed light on poor Pisa scores

"What counts is the content of education"
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After starteling poor results from the latest Pisa education report, Sweden is banking on an analysis to shed some light on its education system after the international survey showed students' performance slipping in mathematics, science and reading.

The government has asked the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which conducts the survey that evaluates education systems worldwide, for the quick analysis, which is due on Tuesday.

It's the first time Sweden has asked the OECD for such an analysis and the country has also asked the OECD to set up a commission of international scientists and experts to analyze Swedish students' declining performance.

Minister for Education Jan Björklund stressed that the OECD was not telling Sweden how to solve any problems in its school system, news agency TT reports.

"The analysis is really a detailed overview of Sweden's performance in the Pisa report," Björklund said. "Pisa compares countries and it is clear that it is interesting to know what countries that perform well are doing. We design our solutions ourselves, but when we do, we should take to heart the lessons and experiences from other countries."

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