In Brief: Latest PISA education study finds German students scored lower than on previous exams

Germany’s Education Minister Anja Karliczek said a stagnant or negative development in the triennial survey is worrying.

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The latest PISA education study is out. 15-year-old students worldwide are assessed on their skills in reading, math, and science, and the results are published every three years.

In Germany, the scores of students have dropped in those subjects in comparison to previous exams.

Though Germany is considered “above average,” German students scored lower in reading, math and science in comparison to some of the higher performing countries, including China, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, and Poland.

Germany’s Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek said on Tuesday that a stagnant or negative development is worrying.

“After the shock of the PISA results in 2001, there was the impetus to do something and to become better, but we can’t see that at the moment,” Karliczek said. “That we are ‘average’ or ‘slightly above average’ cannot be our aspiration.”


Sawsan Chebli, a Berlin state secretary and SPD politician, has posted screenshots from a death threat sent to her by an alleged right-wing extremist network.

The letter says Chebli is on their kill list and demands her resignation. It also mentions Cem Özdemir and Claudia Roth, two former co-chairs of the Green Party.

Chebli tweeted in response that she would not be intimidated and instead will continue to raise her voice and advocate for diversity.

On Sunday, Dec. 1, Chebbli attended a rally in Berlin to present the “Farben Bekennen Award,” a prize she initiated a year prior. The award goes to a refugee in Germany who has founded an organization or initiative and is committed to strengthening “social cohesion and our democratic values.”

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