The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international standardised education research study of 15-year-olds. PISA 2003 is the fifth administration of a three-yearly OECD assessment which began in 2000. Sixty-five countries took part in PISA 2012.
Three key learning subject areas are assessed: mathematics, science and reading, with a main focus on one of these areas in each cycle. Mathematics is the main focus of PISA 2012, with a new topic: financial literacy, also being assessed for the first time.
PISA Cycles, Information, Publications and International Data
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.
PISA Key Facts
When: Main Study: July/August 2012.
Who: A representative sample of New Zealand schools and students. Over 5,000 students from 177 schools took part in the main study.
OECD International Standardised Study measuring mathematics (main focus), financial, scientific and reading literacy.
Background information is also collected from students and schools.
Where: Sixty-five countries from around the work took part in PISA 2012, including all of the OECD member countries.
Where to find out more
For queries about the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) please contact the: PISA Mailbox