The 2022 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results have unveiled a surprising trend in Finnish education: Swedish-speaking schools in Finland have outpaced their Finnish-speaking counterparts. PISA, a global study assessing 15-year-olds' abilities in reading comprehension, mathematics, and science, put a particular emphasis on mathematics in 2022.
Unveiling the PISA Results
Jonna Grunr, the head of the education bureau for the region, revealed to land's Radio that specific PISA statistics for land were unavailable due to the limited number of local children participating. Instead, these students were included in the Finnish-Swedish sample. Over the past decade, knowledge in all evaluated areas has declined more moderately in Swedish-speaking schools than in Finnish-speaking ones. In a historic turn of events, the level of mathematical knowledge in Swedish-speaking schools has surpassed that of Finnish-speaking schools. Furthermore, the proportion of students with weak mathematical skills has not spiked as dramatically in Swedish-speaking schools.
The Swedish and Finnish Performance
Overall, the knowledge levels in mathematics, reading, and science of Finnish 15-year-olds have been on a steady decline since 2006. In contrast, Sweden's 2022 PISA results in mathematics and reading comprehension have rebounded to the same levels as in 2012, marking their worst performance to date in these subjects. In the realm of science, Swedish 15-year-olds are performing at par with the previous 2018 measurement. Notwithstanding these fluctuations, both Finland and Sweden's results are above the average in all three subjects.
The Role of land's Radio
land's Radio has reiterated its commitment to producing credible, impartial journalism, free from political, religious, economic, and commercial influence. This commitment is especially pertinent when discussing the education system's performance, an issue that affects the future of the nation's youth.