PISA 2015

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international standardised education research study of 15-year-olds. PISA 2015 was the sixth administration of a three-yearly OECD assessment which began in 2000. More than seventy countries took part in PISA 2015.

Three key learning subject areas are assessed: mathematics, science and reading, with a main focus on one of these areas in each cycle. Science was the main focus of PISA 2015. A new topic: collaborative problem-solving, was also assessed for the first time.

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 2015 marks the transition from a paper-based to a computer-based assessment.

Read the 2015 PISA Results: PISA 2015: New Zealand Reports 

Key Facts: PISA 2015  
When: Field Trial: 12 May to 10 June 2014.
Main Study: 27 July to 4 September 2015.
Who:The PISA International Sampling Consortium is responsible for selecting a representative sample of New Zealand secondary schools.
Over 4,500 students (aged between 15-years-3-months and 16-years-2-months at the time of assessment) from 183 schools were randomly selected to take part in the PISA 2015 Main Study (computer-based assessment).
What:OECD International Standardised Study measuring scientific (main focus), reading and mathematical literacy. Collaborative problem-solving will also be assessed. 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:More than 70 countries from around the world took part in PISA 2015, including the 34 OECD member countries.

Related Pages

Where to find out more

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