Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Assesses how well students can apply the scientific knowledge and skills they have learned at school to real-life challenges.

Average Review: 3 (3.3)

by Mariam Martirosyan, Armenia Country Director , Project Harmony - U.S. NGO, 4

This seems to be an interesting tool to assess a few areas of student's academic and social capacity. I know that many countries refer to the PISA test results when developing new programs aimed to reform their educational content, so the PISA structure and questions need to be well-thought and the scoring very accurate. Would have proven useful if the description of the tool provided information on its validity. The timing of this test is almost the equivalent to the timing of the examinations for admission to institutions of higher education, so I don't think that the time is provided for this test can exhaust the respondents. It seems that this is a test built of selection from available responses yet it would be good if the students were actually tasked with developing their own responses (at least in one section of the test).