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Australian teenagers strong creative thinkers

ACER news 3 minute read

An international study has recognised Australia’s 15-year-old students as having strong skills in creative thinking. 

Only 3 countries scored higher than Australia in creative thinking in the 2022 OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – the first PISA assessment to include this measure. 

The latest PISA report released by the OECD this week shows that girls outperformed boys across all 64 countries or economies that undertook the creative thinking component.  

Overall, Singapore had a mean score of 41, followed by Korea and Canada on 38, with Australia on 37 and New Zealand, Estonia and Finland on 36. The OECD average was 33. 

The PISA creative thinking assessment measured students’ ability to generate, evaluate and improve ideas in creative writing, visual expression, scientific problem solving and social problem solving. 

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) manages PISA in Australia and will release a national report on creative thinking later in the year, with results for states and territories and other demographic characteristics.  


Learn more

Read the OECD’s international report: PISA 2022 Results (Volume III) Creative Minds, Creative Schools



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