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Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA)

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a project of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It determines how well 15-year-old students all over the world apply their knowledge and skills in order to meet real-life challenges. It assesses not just what they learn at school but knowledge gained through other venues.

PISA assesses three literacy domains: reading, mathematics and science. PISA operates in three cycles. In each cycle, two-thirds of the testing time is devoted to a major literacy domain: reading in 2009, mathematics in 2012, and science in 2015.

Over 60 countries, including Canada, participated in the PISA assessment. Most of the 15-year-old students in Prince Edward Island participate in the PISA assessment. About 200 students are excluded due to special educational requirements. Results are typically released the following year.


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