The PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) survey results were released earlier this week. Nearly 700,000 students from 81 OECD and partner economies across the world took the PISA test in 2022.
PISA has been conducted every 3 years except for a 1-year delay in the current cycle (from 2021 to 2022) due to the pandemic. PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges. An important result is to inform policy makers and school leaders of best practices to improve their systems and schools. This year, many policy makers use the data to study the impact of the pandemic on learning.
Math Test Scores
Here are the survey results for Math:
Insights and Interpretations
The PISA website also provided a report on Insights and Interpretations by Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills – OECD, that is worth a read. According to this report, a twenty point change in the test score in the table above can be interpreted as being equivalent to a year of learning, e.g. a 20-point drop in test scores may corresponds roughly to students being held back by a year.
This report also shows the survey results on Reading and Science on page 4 and page 5.
Here are a few interesting reads by New York Times and Financial Times, which talks about the pandemic’s damage to learning.
Are you interested in trying some PISA questions? The test is available in many languages because of the large number of education systems surveyed. Many of them require careful reading, strong reasoning and modeling skills for complex questions. Have a go at some of the questions!
Here’s one sample question: