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) reading in (2009) and mathematics (in 2012).
Seventy-two countries and economies took part in PISA 2015. Over half a million 15-year-old students, including 20,000 Canadians, were tested on their skills and knowledge in three core learning areas: science, reading, and mathematics. The main focus was science.
Ontario has participated in the study since its inception. The next administration will take place in 2018 with reading as the major focus. In addition, PISA 2018 will introduce a new construct—global competence. The results of PISA 2018 will be published in December 2019.
2015 Highlights of Ontario Results (PDF)
In 2012, an optional financial literacy component of the PISA assessment was introduced, and in 2015, Canada participated for the first time. The 2015 results in financial literacy for Canadian students are now available.
Information on Previous PISA Assessments
For more information about the corrected link at bottom of page (PISA) and the full report on the 2015 administration visit the
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) web site.