The OECD's Programme for International Assessment of Student Achievement (PISA) is the most comprehensive, rigorous international measure of student performance to date, providing an independent assessment of quality and equity in schooling as well as insight into policy levers that raise standards. The assessment is administered every three years, generally at the country level, but often also at the state level. This proposal is to develop a test aligned to PISA that offers schools or districts individual results yet has fewer administrative burdens. Funding would support developing and implementing the test, reporting results, and replenishing the pool of test questions. The project will be directed by Andreas Schleicher, PISA's international project coordinator, who spoke to the Board at its March meeting.
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for refinement and global scale-up of the PISA-based Test for Schools
OECD proposes to advance the PISA-Based Test for Schools pilot through refinements that include shifting to computer delivery of the test and laying the groundwork for its worldwide expansion. Australia, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom/England, and Hong Kong/China have expressed interest in adopting the assessment.
for researching the evidence base on open educational resources
OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation conducts educational research, with an emphasis on emerging trends and issues. The proposed study aims to explore OER’s economic, social, and educational benefits and stimulate an international policy dialogue on OER.
for an analytical report on the results of the 2012 PISA test in the United States
OECD will publish results from the 2012 round of its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) this December. The report covers all 65 countries participating in the study and will show international trends. This proposal is to produce an analytical report specifically focused on the United States, to be released on the same day as the PISA international report. The U.S. report would provide a descriptive analysis of U.S. performance in math, reading, and science compared with other participating countries. It would then provide a deeper analysis of math performance by looking into the categories in which U.S. 15-year-old students perform comparatively well and those where they compare less well, in relation to performance patterns in high-performing education systems around the world. Finally, the report would seek to draw conclusions from the analysis that can help inform priorities for the teaching and learning of math in U.S. schools and relate these to the Common Core Standards. Publishing the report at the same time as the PISA international report will help maximize the impact of the findings for the United States and inform the national debate on raising standards in U.S. schools.