Educational Performance: 2002 and 2003

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 1312):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 40 rows and 7 columns.

Tertiary-type A includes education leading to a BA, Master’s or equivalent degree, and advanced research programs. Performance figures were gathered from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an internationally standardized assessment jointly developed by participating countries, which takes place in three-yearly cycles. To implement PISA, each of the participating countries selects a nationally representative sample of 15-year-olds, regardless of grade level. In the United States, 5,456 students from public and private schools took the PISA assessment in 2003. Tests are typically administered to between 4,500 and 10,000 students in each country


  1. Reading literacy is understanding, using, and reflecting on written texts in order to achieve one’s goals,
    to develop one’s knowledge and potential, and to participate in society.
  2. Mathematical literacy is an individual’s capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics
    plays in the world, to make well-founded judgements, and to use and engage with mathematics in ways that
    meet the needs of that individual’s life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen.
  3. Scientific literacy is the capacity to use scientific knowledge, to identify questions and to draw evidence-
    based conclusions in order to understand and help make decisions about the natural world and the
    changes made to it through human activity.
  4. Excluding ISCED 3C short programs.
  5. All tertiary levels: type A and type B (focus on practical, technical, or occupational skills).


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.