Mexican students continue to fare poorly in test results. Mexican students continue to fare poorly in test results.

Mexican students not at top of the class

PISA tests rank them at the bottom of the OECD list of countries

The results of the latest international student tests are out, with Mexican students continuing to languish at the bottom of the list of member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.


They obtained an average score of 416 points in the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, while across the OECD the average is 492.

In the three areas assessed — sciences, reading and mathematics — fewer than 1% of students in Mexico achieved a top-performing level 5 or 6, a percentage that has not changed significantly since 2006.

Students scored 416 points in science, on average, with a mean performance below the OECD average of 496.

In reading, the average national score was 423 points, below the OECD average of 493.

In the third subject, mathematics, Mexican students earned the lowest score of all 34 OECD countries with 408 points. The OECD average is 490.

In a presentation of the 2016 PISA results, the OECD said “Mexico’s mean performance in mathematics has improved by five points every three years, on average, between 2003 and 2015.”


“However, in 2015, Mexico’s mean score was lower than the score attained in 2009,” it said.

Fifty-seven per cent of students are considered low achievers in mathematics while in science the percentage is 48 and in reading 42.

In a video press conference, OECD Chief of Staff Gabriela Ramos lamented that after 15 years of PISA testing in Mexico the results continue to be disappointing, and the country continues falling behind with no significant variations in its results.

“It’s not what the students of Mexico deserve,” she said, adding that the picture is “very negative” with regard to Mexico’s performance, and “not a good one of its education system.”

Ramos recalled that until recently the Mexican education system was not merit-based, and rewarded the efforts of neither students nor teachers. But that is intended to change through the federal government’s education reforms, although they are not designed to offer short-term results.

Ramos said scores should improve given time. If the implementation of the reforms is effective, she said, better results will be seen.

She expects the first results of the educational reforms will start to be reflected in PISA results by 2018.

Source: El Universal (sp), Milenio (sp)

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  • Jerry Freed

    These scores are due to drastically insufficient government spending on education, archaic teacher training, patronage appointments to SEP, teachers still believing that their needs come above those of their students and teachers who refuse to change or be evaluated on their performance. Mexico needs to clean the slate by firing every incompetent beauocrat appointee in the Secretary of Education and replace them with some competent educators, overhaul teacher training and start getting rid of useless teachers as younger and better trained teachers graduate from teacher training colleges. It will take years to clean up this mess, but it has to be done. Poco a poco.

    • Marty Rosenzweig

      Agreed but Mexico is very slowly and torturously trying to transition from a corruption based system and society to one of accountability. The teachers have been operating under the same bizarre, corrupt system for decades. The federal government needs to understand the realities in the poorer states (Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz and others) not just DF, Querétaro, etc. They need to transition these incompetent teachers with retraining and even financial subsides if necessary. Of course the teachers are reacting to the threat of unemployment with little chance of surviving financially.
      Unfortunately, this comes at a time when the federal government is also in serious financial trouble due to the terrible mistake of depending on oil for a big part of their budget. And now with the peso slde… pobre México. No one in the private sector is interested in taking over PEMEX at these barrel prices. Can’t really find any reason to be optimistic for the future, unfortunately.

    • JJSmith

      Certainly, the Mexican govt should be doing more but Mexicans still do poorly when they come to the US. It’s the culture and the low IQ. There is absolutely no reason for the US or any other country to accept Mexican immigrants, legal or illegal. They add nothing except being an underclass, welfare parasites, and corruption.

      • Jerry Freed

        JJ Smith, how did you turn this article on a statement about immigration? Your culturally bigoted and insensitive comments have no place on a forum of mature, tolerant, intelligent decent human beings. Your statements clearly show the type of piece of crap you are. Please crawl back under the rock climbed out from under and please give my regards to Donald Trump when you get there.

  • Güerito

    Mexican Education Secretary Aurelio Nuño during public event, corrected by primary school girl for his pronunciation of “leer”:

  • mikegre

    IQ is destiny.

  • cooncats

    Unionized “teachers” who spend most of their time engaging in thuggery and attacks against the people probably don’t accomplish much in the classroom. Take consolation from the fact that teacher’s unions have “accomplished” much the same in the U.S. minus the thuggery. They turn out a bunch of dummies up there too.

    • Happygirl

      Americans don’t like to pay taxes. Their teachers are poorly paid (union or no union) and the teaching profession cannot and does not attract or keep top-notch teachers. The American teaching curriculum varies from state to state, city to city. No one can agree on anything. Science vs religion. You have politicians who believe the universe was created in seven days??? Teaching is a thankless and extremely difficult job. Many believe that learning stops the moment you enter the work force – it does not. You can undo many of your misconceptions by delving into facts, reading, doing your own research and opening your mind. It is not in the best interests of governments to have intelligent and educated voters. We might ask questions, we might see thru the smoke and mirrors.

  • Henry Wilson

    almost every other nation would be at the bottom if their government allowed the nations worst sort of scumballs to teach their children. it is of course not a matter of negligence but intent. for no nation governed by totalitarians and criminals can afford an educated populace; for such would be dangerous to their continued iron grip on power.

    • Jerry Freed

      Agreed. This system is intentional so that the 5% who hold all the money, keep the other 95% in poverty and dependent.

      • Henry Wilson

        a rare note of agreement to the obvious truth of the nation of mexico. most commenters on this site are either mexican shills for the corrupt government or gringo expats defending all that is wrong in mexico only to justify their abiding hatred of the united states. congrats.

  • WestCoastHwy

    Well, I would consider Mexican Students are advancing……from Monkeys to Orangutans!