Measuring Student Success Around the World
Interesting Findings of the OECD 2010 PISA Survey
Andreas Schleicher directs the Programme for International Student Assessment. He presents the major trends illustrating education systems’ performance and necessary reforms in order to improve the quality of learning.
The PISA Test
“PISA is a three-year-cycle survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in OECD and other participating countries. Each cycle comprises the three domains of Reading, Mathematical and Scientific literacy but each year, one of them functions as the main domain, comprising about 2/3 of the tasks.
|PISA 2003||MATHEMATICS + Problem Solving|
Top 10 Countries: Female Math Scores
Additionally, PISA comprises questionnaires for students and the principals of the sampled schools, and by option to teachers and the parents of the sampled students to allow for a more thorough interpretation of the results. Between 5 000 and 10 000 students from at least 150 schools are typically tested in each country, providing a good sampling base to break down the results for group comparisons inside countries. To assure the validity and reliability of comparisons, translation, sampling and analysing of the results are centrally coordinated by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research).
2009 Top 10 Countries: Math, Science, Reading
The PISA test is constructed collaboratively by experts from the participating countries with new tasks created for the main domain of each cycle. A rotated test design is used to allow for a wider measuring of students’ competences with the total number of tasks exceeding the number presented to any one student. For students, PISA is a low-stakes test lasting two hours with multiple choice and open answer tasks in one or more of the domains, accompanied with a 30 minute student questionnaire.” OECD Programme For International Student Assessment (PISA)