Finnish 8th grade students thrive in international computer literacy tests

The international tests showed Finland is the only country where girls did better than boys.

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Finnish students are excelling in international studies designed to see how computer literate they are.

A total of 14 countries participated in the International Computer and Information Literacy Study ICILS last year. The tests measure the students ability to use computers to investigate, create and communicate in order to participate effectively at home, at school, in the work place and in society.

The test is carried out online by 8th graders.

According to the new results published Tuesday Finland is the only country where girls were better at computational thinking than boys.

In multi-literacy around 30% thirty per cent of Finnish youngster scored excellent, but at the same time more than 25% of pupils managed poorly and a majority of them were boys.

Research also suggests that use of computer and information literacy and computational thinking skills in teaching is not evenly distributed in Finland and the socio-economic background of the family plays a big role in a person’s level of competence: well-educated parents supported their children more in learning new digital skills.

In total 145 schools, 2,546 students and 1,853 teachers from Finland participated in the study.

ICILS will be conducted next time in 2023.