Moscow school students were second in the ICILS ranking

November 13, 2019

Moscow schoolchildren took second place in the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS), as of the end of 2018. It involved more than 46,000 school students and 26,000 teachers from 12 countries and two separate territories: Moscow and North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), as Sergei Sobyanin announced on his Twitter page.


2,852 8th form students and 2,235 teachers from 150 schools took part in the study. At the end of the ICILS ranking, Moscow took second place scoring 549 points, losing only four points to Denmark. The Republic of Korea closes the TOP3 (542 points).

Experts assessed computer and information literacy of 8th form students, as well as computer thinking skills. The study aimed to find out how well students are prepared for life, study and work in the digital world.

It included a test and a large design assignment. Students demonstrated practical computer skills, ability to search and process information, create their own digital products, use e-mail and social media.

34% of Moscow 8th form students who had participated in the study showed an advanced level of information literacy. Girls showed better results: they scored 552 points on average. Boys have a slightly lower average score of 546.

Teachers who had participated in the study completed questionnaires related to the availability and accessibility of information technology in schools. Moscow showed the highest results. The majority of Moscow teachers replied that their school had enough up-to-date computer equipment, high-speed Internet connection, providing teachers with opportunities to develop their professional skills in the ICT field.

The second place taken by the Moscow 8th form students in the world ranking of information literacy is largely the result of city schools equipped with state-of-the-art computer equipment and high-speed Internet, and digitisation of education. In particular, all schools have interactive panels and Wi-Fi hot spots, and teachers are provided with laptops to take advantage of the Moscow E-School. Also, starting this school year, 35 schools have introduced IT classes in a number of disciplines, such as robotics and electronics, big data, communication technology, programming, modelling and prototyping, and IT security. The classes have been developed jointly with leading Moscow universities and high-tech companies.

The study of computer and information literacy is conducted every five years by IEA, the International Association for the Assessment of Educational Achievements. Previous monitoring took place in 2013, when the level of computer and information literacy was assessed in Russia as a whole.


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