What is PISA?

PISA is the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment. Every three years it tests 15-year-old students from all over the world in reading, mathematics and science. The tests are designed to gauge how well the students master key subjects in order to be prepared for real-life situations in the adult world. More information

What's New

PISA 2021 Mathematics Framework

View the recording of the PISA 2021 Mathematics Framework launch which took place on 14 October 2019. The event consisted of a panel discussion and Q&A with Andreas Schleicher, as well as experts from RTI International and Oxford University’s Centre for Educational Assessment and Department of Education.


PISA in Focus N°101 - How does PISA define and measure reading literacy?

Upcoming - Results from PISA 2018

 Over half a million 15-year-olds from 80 countries and economies took the PISA test in 2018. They were tested in reading, mathematics and science with a focus on reading. In addition, students in some countries took tests on financial literacy and on global competence. Results of this PISA round (PISA 2018) will be released on 3 December 2019.

In the meantime you can consult information on the theory underpinning the main assessment & the assessment of global competence (the innovative domain).

You can also discover some questions that students took for the Field Trial

PISA 2015 Results

Excellence and Equity in Education (Volume I)
English | French | German

Policies and Practices for Successful Schools (Volume II)
English | French

Students' Well-Being (Volume III)
English | French

Students' Financial Literacy (Volume IV)

Collaborative Problem Solving (Volume V)

PISA 2015 Results in Focus
Volumes I-V:  English
Volumes I-II:  French | Spanish

View the full set of recordings and presentations of PISA 2015 launch events

PISA 2021 and beyond

PISA 2021 

Preparations for the assessment of 15-year-old students in 2021 are well underway.  The 36 OECD members are participating and it is expected that over 50 non-members will implement the assessment too. As in previous cycles, students will be tested in reading, mathematics and science. This time the focus will be on mathematics.  In addition, students will be tested in an innovative subject - creative thinking. 

PISA 2024

A call for tenders for the contractors responsible for implementing the PISA 2024 survey was launched in June 2019.

For the assessment, of the three core subjects: reading, mathematics and science, the focus will be on science. The ability of students to learn in a digital world will also be tested. In addition an optional assessment of competencies in foreign languages will be carried out.