Ireland fares well in an OECD study which compares the number of low performing students in second-level schools across more than 60 countries.

Almost 7% of 15 year olds in Ireland are classed as low performing in maths, reading, and science, compared to an OECD average of 11.6%.

Out of 64 countries surveyed more than 50 have a higher proportion of low performing students in these three categories combined compared to Ireland.

The performance of Irish teens compares favourably too when the three subject areas are looked at individually.

Almost 17% of Irish 15 year olds are low performers in maths, compared to an OECD average of 23%. In reading 9.6% of Irish teens are low performers compared to 18% internationally.

In science the report finds that 11% of Irish 15 year olds are low performers compared to an average of 18%. The findings are based on data gathered in 2012.

The report, published today, finds that Ireland's percentage of low performers in science has improved significantly between 2006 and 2012 with more than 4% fewer low performers in 2012.

The data shows that Ireland has a lower proportion of low performers in all three subject categories compared to most other EU states, faring better than countries including the UK, Germany, France, Sweden and Belgium.

The study examines why some students fall behind and what can be done to help them. It finds a strong overall correlation between low performance in school and socio-economic disadvantage, as well as demographic factors such as immigration.

However the report finds that when it comes to Ireland the difference in performance between children from immigrant backgrounds and others is significantly smaller than that encountered by many other countries.