Rather than assessing the ability to reproduce knowledge they have acquired at school, PISA tests whether the student can demonstrate the application of that knowledge in novel contexts. OECD recently took a step further by introducing the “Creative Problem Solving” section in 2012 and the “Collaborative Problem Solving” section in 2015. Designed as computer-based assessments, these sections test the cognitive processes students use in real-life situations.
- Problem Solving in PISA 2015 – Read Michigan State University’s blog post on the creative and collaborative problem solving sections.
- PISA 2015: Draft Collaborative Problem-Solving Framework – Read OECD’s framework for the collaborative problem solving section of the 2015 PISA exam.