Related Events: OECD Releases 2015 PISA Results

On December 6, 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the 2015 results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of reading literacy, mathematics, and science given every three years to fifteen-year-olds in more than seventy countries and economies worldwide, including the United States. This year's release focused on science.

  • Access the results for the United States and other countries.
  • Read a press statement on the PISA results from Alliance for Excellent Education President Gov. Bob Wise.

  • “PISA Day not only provides a look at student performance through an international lens, it focuses on what lessons can be learned from other high-performing nations to ensure U.S. students, especially those who are underserved, are prepared to compete in today’s global economy.”

    —Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

    What Makes PISA Different?

    PISA is not your average assessment. Yes, it tests students in key subjects—reading, mathematics, and science—but PISA goes beyond the basics to test students’ abilities to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations, and analyze, reason, and communicate effectively as they work to solve problems. By asking students about their motivations, learning strategies, and beliefs about themselves, PISA paints a more accurate picture of the student as a whole. Acknowledging that no two schools are the same, the assessment also collects information on students’ backgrounds and their schools to identify factors that may influence student performance.

    Watch this introductory video on PISA for more. Still have questions? Check out Frequently Asked PISA Questions provided by OECD.

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    The Alliance for Excellent Education and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy released a new case study on how three school systems are using the OECD Test for Schools, an assessment developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to monitor students’ academic outcomes and inform shifts in policy and teacher practice to meet students’ learning needs. Read more

    Watch the study come to life in a webinar as two of the school leaders featured in the case study and the author of the study discuss how they used the assessment to drive improvement. Watch the webinar

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