PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment)


The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international study that assesses three key areas of knowledge and skills: reading, mathematical and science literacy in 15-year-old students.

PISA Cycles, Information, Publications and International Data

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For each individual three year cycle of PISA and publications based on PISA results please refer to 'Related Pages' inset box. For links to international publications, data and information on the OECD website refer to the 'Where to find out More' inset box.


Read the latest PISA Results information: PISA 2012: New Zealand Summary Report

What Is PISA

PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is an international study which began in the year 2000.  It aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year old students in participating countries/economies.  Since the year 2000 over 70 countries and economies have participated in PISA.

What does PISA assess?

PISA assesses how far students near the end of compulsory education have acquired some of the knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in society.  In all cycles, the domains of reading, mathematical and scientific literacy are covered not merely in terms of mastery of the school curriculum, but in terms of important knowledge and skills in adult life.  Students complete a two-hour test and a background questionnaire. Principals' complete a school questionnaire.

What does PISA produce?

National Reports | International Reports | PISA in Focus | Working Research Papers | Test Questions | Questionnaires | Databases | Assessment Frameworks | Manuals and Guidelines | Technical Reports | Technical Notes | In-depth Reports

When does PISA occur?

Three-yearly assessments: 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 ...

Related Pages

Where to find out more

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