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What is PISA? The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment of students nearing the end of compulsory education that measures how well students apply their knowledge and skills in mathematics, reading, science, and financial literacy to problems set in real-life contexts.
Why is PISA important and what are the benefits of participating? PISA provides a unique opportunity for the United States to understand how well students nearing the end of compulsory education are prepared to enter the workforce or post-secondary education in comparison to their peers from more than 80 countries.
What will schools and students be asked to do in PISA 2022? PISA 2022 has three primary components: (1) a computer-based student assessment, (2) a computer-based student questionnaire, and (3) an online school questionnaire. ● Up to 52 students in each school will be selected to participate in the PISA assessment, which takes about 3 hours, including instructions, breaks, and a questionnaire. Students will answer questions in various combinations of mathematics, reading, science, and financial literacy. ● The principal of each school will be asked to appoint a staff member to act as the PISA school coordinator. The school coordinator will work with Westat staff to coordinate the assessment and submit a student list for sampling. The principal of each school will also be asked to complete a 45-minute online questionnaire about school and student body characteristics and policies.
What do PISA questions look like? Some items require students to select from among possible responses, while others require students to solve problems and provide written answers. Examples of PISA assessment questions are available at https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/educators.asp and https://www.oecd.org/pisa/pisaproducts/pisa-test-questions.htm