PISA 2012 (or Programme for International Student Assessment) is the fifth cycle of an OECD study measuring the achievement of 15-year-old students in nearly 70 countries around the world.
The assessment is done every three years and first started in 2000. Each assessment has a focus on one of three main subject areas, mathematics, science and reading. Mathematics is the focus for this cycle of PISA, with a new topic - financial literacy - also being assessed for the first time.
More information about PISA, along with links to other PISA cycle web pages, is available from the PISA Home page.
Mathematical and financial literacy focusThe development phase of PISA 2012 began in 2010. New test items are required for the main domain of each PISA cycle and participating countries were encouraged to submit and review mathematics and financial literacy items. New Zealand assessment experts participated in the evaluation and selection process, and these items will be tested in the Field Trial.The PISA Field Trial is currently underway. Students will be tested in May and June this year, and results of the field trial will inform the design and content of the main study in 2012.
|Key Facts PISA 2012|
|When:||Field Trial May/June 2011 Main Study July/August 2012.|
|Who:||A representative sample of New Zealand schools and students. Around 1,200 15-year-old students from 30 schools will take part in the field trial and around 5,000 students from 150 schools will participate in the main study.|
|What:||OECD International Standardised Study measuring mathematics (main focus), financial, scientific and reading literacy. Background information also collected from students and schools.|
|How:||Conducted under the auspices of the IEA; managed within New Zealand by the Ministry of Education.|
|Where:||Almost 70 countries from around the world plan to take part in PISA 2012, including all of the OECD member countries. Some FAQs about PISA are available.|
The Ministry of Education has published many reports based on the three-yearly PISA assessments. All PISA reports are listed on the PISA publication page (please refer to the 'Downloads/Links' box top right).
Downloads / Links
Where to Find Out MoreFor OECD PISA International data sets and publications please visit: OECD website: Main Results OECD website: Publications OECD website: International Data
For questions about PISA please contact:Maree Telford
National Project Manager PISA
Ministry of Education
P O Box 1666
New Zealand Phone: +64-4-463 8831
Fax: +64-4-463 8312
Email: Maree Telford