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

Official PISA site data

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)


About Donna

Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology as well as the admirable work of others who integrate contemporary research on how people learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will expedite the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century 'true north' of his or her own.

6 responses »

  1. Nina says:


    Thank you for this excellent post! It is good to hear how many countries have already greatly improved their educational outcomes. Also, hearing it from Andreas Schleicher how me MUST focus on learning instead of teaching and foster diversity really made my day 🙂

  2. Nina says:

    Reblogged this on NotesFromNina and commented:
    A True North posted excellent information regarding PISA and good quality education. It is good to hear how many countries have already greatly improved their educational outcomes. Also, hearing it from Andreas Schleicher how me MUST focus on learning instead of teaching and foster diversity in all educational settings really made my day. 🙂

  3. 3D Eye says:

    Reblogged this on 3D Eye and commented:
    Thanks to a re-blog by NotesFromNina we’ve recently come across this brilliant article by A True North that’s valuable for anyone who’s looking for a simple but comprehensive explanation of the international rankings of educational achievement that are produced every three years by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Please take a few minutes to view the two videos embedded in this piece, and also have a look at the graphs. 3D Eye has posted quite a lot in recent times about these international comparisons of educational achievement, and it’s important for all parents and teachers to have a thorough understanding of how the comparisons are compiled and what their implications are for learning and teaching.

    The key message behind these graphs and tables is that education which is geared to the real needs of students enables them to apply knowledge and skills in the real world and thereby become more capable of living lives that are independent, productive and creative. This is a very far cry from the type of education that simply aims at enabling students to achieve high scores in timed tests and exams. It’s also important to recognise that student-centred education also happens to produce students whose motivation to learn makes them the most capable students when it comes to attainment in examinations.

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