The main focus is presenting Swedish school students’ knowledge levels in comparison with the average in other countries according to the PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS scores.
During the 2000s the results for Swedish students in years 7–9 and upper secondary school have been falling in all subjects and rankings apart from one. This negative trend represents an overall weakening of the Swedish school system. The fall is driven to a significant extent by a knowledge decline among the very best students. In the PISA score for mathematics in year 9, for example, the relative decline is the greatest in the highest percentile group.
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