PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) 2006

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PISA 2006 is the third cycle of a three-yearly OECD assessment of 15-year-olds. Fifty-seven countries took part in PISA 2006.

Three key learning areas are assessed — reading, mathematics and science — with a main focus on one of these areas in each cycle. Science was the main focus of PISA 2006.

Author(s): Various

Date Published: Various

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    Author(s): Maree Telford, Research Division [Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: March 2010

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    Author(s): Robyn Caygill & Saila Sok [Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: September 2008

  • PISA 2006: Student attitudes to and engagement with science: How ready are our 15-year-olds for tomorrow's world?

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    Author(s): Robyn Caygill [Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: September 2008

  • PISA 2006: Mathematical Literacy - How ready are our 15-year-olds for tomorrow's world?

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    Author(s): Robyn Caygill, Nicola Marshall & Steve May [Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: September 2008

  • PISA 2006: Reading Literacy - How ready are our 15-year-olds for tomorrow’s world?

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    Author(s): Nicola Marshall, Robyn Caygill & Steve May

    Date Published: September 2008

  • PISA 2006: How ready are our 15-year-olds for tomorrow’s world?

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    Author(s): Maree Telford and Robyn Caygill

    Date Published: December 2007

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