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Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

PISA stands for Programme for International Student Assessment. It is an international study that measures the abilities of 15-year-olds from over 60 countries or economies in reading, mathematics, and science. Each PISA survey focused on a particular subject area: reading (in 2000), mathematics (in 2003), science (in 2006) and reading in (2009). In its fifth cycle (in 2012), the focus was mathematics.

Sixty-five countries and economies took part in PISA 2012. Over half a million 15-year-old students, including 21,000 Canadians, were tested on their skills and knowledge in three core learning areas: mathematics, reading, and science.

The next PISA survey will take place in 2015 with science as the major domain, and reading, mathematics, and collaborative problem solving as the minor domains. The assessment will be entirely computer-based.

The results of PISA 2015 will be published in December 2016.

Information on Previous PISA Assessments

DocumentFile TypeDate Posted
PISA, 2012 Highlights of Ontario Results PDFDecember 2013
PISA, 2009 Highlights of Ontario Results PDFDecember 2010
PISA, 2006 Highlights of Ontario Results PDFDecember 2007
PISA/YITS 2003 Ontario Report PDFDecember 2004
PISA/YITS 2000 Ontario Report PDFDecember 2001

For more information about PISA, visit

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