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
For more information about the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the full report on the 2012 administration, visit the
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) web site.