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OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

posted 5 Aug 2013, 08:49 by Google Google   [ updated 5 Aug 2013, 08:51 ]
PISA-Based Test for Schools pilot in the UK

84 of our Year 10 students were recently chosen to participate in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – PISA-Based Test for Schools pilot.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. They measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. They look, too, at issues that directly affect the lives of ordinary people, like how much they pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. They compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

The PISA-Based Test for Schools is an assessment tool developed by the OECD. It is designed to provide results that allow schools to compare themselves with other participating schools and with international results from the PISA 2009 assessment. The PISA-Based Test for Schools pilot is based on the same assessment frameworks of reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy as the main PISA assessment.

This is a very prestigious international project and by being asked to participate is a measure of how far the Academy has come.  The administrators of the tests were especially complimentary about the way of students conducted themselves throughout a long day.