PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is an international survey that aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in reading, science and mathematical literacy. The survey takes place every three years. Each time one of the subjects is the main domain and is explored in more detail.
PISA tests how ready 15-year-old students are to face the future challenges. In most education systems, this is the age when students are soon to complete their compulsory education. PISA test shows how well students can analyze, reason and apply their skills and knowledge in unfamiliar situations. PISA also gathers information about student background, motivation, learning and school environment.
A key objective of PISA is to inform and support education policy decision making within countries. A three-year cycle provides countries with timely information that includes data and analyses to consider the impact of policy decisions and related programs. If it were more frequent it would not allow sufficient time for changes and innovations to show improvement or decline, and if it were less frequent it would mean declines in performance could not be promptly addressed.
Estonia has participated in all PISA cycles since 2006. Estonian students rank high among assessed countries in all domains of assessment. Estonian education system is characterized as high performing with high equity where students with different backgrounds can achieve high results.
Foundation Innove is responsible for implementation of PISA in Estonia.
PISA 2018 focused on reading literacy. Results are not available yet.
In PISA 2015, over half a million students, representing 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies, took the internationally agreed two-hour test. Students were assessed in science, mathematics, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy. The results of the 2015 assessment were published on 6th December 2016.
Key findings for previous cycles: