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.

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, 2015 ...

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Where to find out more

Contact Us

For questions about PISA please contact:

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

Phone:  +64-4-463 8831
Fax:       +64-4-463 8312