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PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment)

Summary

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.

This is the home page for PISA. For information about the individual PISA cycles, publications and frequently asked questions please refer to the 'Downloads/Links' box on the right.  For information about international PISA products and publications please refer to the 'Where to Find Out More' box on the right.

Latest PISA Results 2012

Read the latest information on 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 ...

International Sites of Interest

  
Logo-PISA  OECD
  The international PISA site is hosted by OECD.



Logo-ACER  Australian Council for Education Research
  ACER also has information about the OECD Programme for PISA.

Downloads / Links

Indicator Icon  PISA Publications

Where to Find Out More

For more information about PISA, international PISA products, and publications please visit:

Website  OECD website: About PISA

Website  OECD website: PISA Products

Website  OECD website: Publications

Contact Us

For questions about PISA please contact:

Maree Telford
National Project Manager PISA
Research Division
Ministry of Education
P O Box 1666
Thorndon
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Phone:  +64-4-463 8831
Fax:       +64-4-463 8312
Email:     Maree Telford

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