Department of School Education & Literacy
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Government of India

About PISA

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students who are nearing the end of their compulsory education. PISA assesses how well they can apply what they learn in school to real-life situations. Over 90 countries have participated in the assessment so far which began in 2000. Every three years students are tested in the key subjects: reading, mathematics and science. In one assessment there is a focus on one of the subjects. For example in the year 2000, the focus was on reading which allowed us to get more in-depth information on the students' reading skills. In addition to the three core subjects, students are tested in an innnovative domain such as collaborative problem solving in 2015 and global competence in 2018. Some countries also choose to administer an assessment in financial literacy.

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