The mean Reading score for State schools has increased in each PISA cycle. This went from 408 in 2009 to 414 in 2015 to 419 in 2018.
The mean Science score for State Schools has increased from 425 in 2009 to 427 in 2015 to 428 in 2018.
In State schools, the mean Mathematics score increased from 430 in 2009 to 443 in 2015 and 443 in 2018.
There is also positive indicators in a number of areas, from the socio-economic environment of students to results pointing to a more comprehensive education system. The study also gives context to teacher shortage, with Maltese schools being hindered to a much lesser extent to averages in other countries in this area.
The majority of Maltese students reported that their teachers were enthusiastic during lessons and enjoyed teaching. 78.8% of students agreed that teachers like teaching them; 83.3% agreed that teachers like to deal with the topic of the lesson; 77.8% of students agreed that the teachers showed enjoyment in teaching, and 68.0% of students agreed that the teacher’s enthusiasm inspired them.
The majority of Maltese students reported that they were supported by their teachers in most or all lessons. 81.2% of students agreed that teachers show interest in every student’s learning; 80.5% agreed that teachers give extra help when student needs it; 84.8% of students agreed that the teachers help students with their learning, and 80.3% of students agreed that the teachers continue teaching until the students understand.
The index that measures teacher support shows that Malta’s mean score (0.34) is significantly higher than the OECD average (0), indicating that Maltese students receive support frequently from teachers during lessons.
For more information visit www.edu.gov.mt/pisa2018.