PISA 2018

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international standardised education research study of 15-year-olds. PISA 2018 is the seventh three-yearly cycle of this OECD research programme, which began in 2000. Around eighty countries are taking part in PISA 2018.

Three key learning subject areas are assessed: reading literacy, mathematics literacy and scientific literacy, with a main focus on one of these areas in each cycle. Reading is the main focus of PISA 2018.

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.

PISA Key Facts

PISA 2018 marks the transition from a fixed assessment to an adaptive testing model.

Read the PISA 2018 'What is PISA?' flyer [PDF, 398kB] 

Key Facts: PISA 2018  
When: Field Trial: 15 May to 30 June 2017.
Main Survey: 23 July to 14 September 2018.
Who:An international Sampling Consortium selects a representative sample of New Zealand secondary schools, using proportional random sampling techniques. Around 5000 students from around 175 schools (aged between 15-years-3-months and 16-years-2-months at the time of assessment) will be randomly selected for the PISA 2018 Main Survey.
What:An international research study of a large representative sample of students in New Zealand schools. The study assesses students' achievement in three key areas: reading literacy, mathematic literacy and scientific literacy. A large amount of contextual background information is also collected from students and schools.
How:Conducted under the auspices of the OECD; and managed within New Zealand by the Ministry of Education.
Where:Around 80 countries from around the world are taking part in PISA 2018, including all 35 OECD member countries.

Related Pages

Where to find out more

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