What PISA Is

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an internationally standardised assessment that was jointly developed by participating economies and administered to15-year-olds in schools.

Three assessments have so far been carried out (in 20002003 and 2006 ). Data for the 4th assessment is being collected in 2009, with results scheduled for release at the end of 2010. 

Tests are typically administered to between 4,500 and 10,000 students in each country.

Assessment Cycle

What's new

Equally prepared for life? How 15-year-old boys and girls perform in school


School students are still being held back by gender perceptions. In most countries, girls and boys now show similar results in PISA, but systematic assessment of gender differences shows that students are still being held back by their own gender-related perceptions.

Top of the Class - High Performers in Science in PISA 2006


Which factors contribute to the successful performance of students in science?  "Top of the Class" provides some answers by exploring how the academic achievement of students relates to the characteristics of individual students, schools and education systems.

PISA 2006 Data Analysis Manual: SAS and SPSS, Second Edition


This is an essential tool for researchers to understand the PISA databases and perform analyses in accordance with the complex methodologies used to collect and process the data.

Green at Fifteen? How 15-year-olds perform in environmental science and geoscience in PISA 2006


Teenagers in OECD countries are mostly well aware of environmental issues but often know little about their causes, raising questions about how well societies will be equipped to tackle such challenges in the future, according to "Green at Fifteen"?.

PISA 2006 Technical Report


Learn about the methodology underlying the PISA 2006 survey. The "PISA 2006 Technical report" provides  a level of detail that allows researchers to understand and replicate its analyses.

PISA Take the Test: Sample Questions from the OECD's PISA Assessments


Try out the tests that the students who participated in PISA have taken. "PISA Take the Test" presents all the publicly available questions from the PISA surveys. Some of these questions were used in the PISA 2000, 2003 and 2006 surveys and others were used in developing and trying out the assessment.

OECD’s PISA survey shows some countries making significant gains in learning outcomes


OECD’s latest PISA survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds shows that some countries have seen significant improvements in student performance since 2000.

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OECD/PISA video clip

OECD/PISA - An overview of progress so far

This video explains what the OECD/PISA programme is and progress made so far. Available in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese.

How are students faring in science today?

PISA 2006 results - Analysis and Data

Volume 1 - Analysis: Gives the most comprehensive international picture of science learning today. Volume 2 - Data: Presents the PISA 2006 full data set underlying Volume 1.