Important PISA Day Dates

December 6:

OECD Releases 2015 PISA Results

On December 6, 2016, or PISA Day, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will release 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 will focus on science.

December 7:

Alliance Hosts Deep Dive: PISA and the Global Economy

But what do these results and rankings mean? On December 7, the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) and its partners will look deeper into the results to ask key questions and identify important takeaways from the assessment.

  • What lessons can be learned from high-performing countries and economies?
  • In countries and economies with similar or greater diversity than the United States, what approaches and practices are designed to close equity gaps?
  • How would high-performing countries and economies that are improving performance characterize their success?
  • What can the United States learn from the PISA results to ensure that all students, especially those who are traditionally underserved, are graduating from high school ready for college and a career?

“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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Upcoming Event

PISA 2015: A Sneak Preview
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Join Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, and Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills and special advisor on education policy to the Secretary-General for the OECD, as they discuss the PISA assessment, share sample questions from it, and look ahead to PISA Day and the release of the 2015 data.
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