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Overview

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy. PISA also includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as problem solving. PISA emphasizes functional skills that students have acquired as they near the end of compulsory schooling. PISA is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries, and is conducted in the United States by NCES. PISA was first administered in 2000 and is conducted every three years. The most recent assessment was in 2012.

PISA 2012 assessed students’ mathematics, reading, and science literacy. PISA 2012 also included a computer-based general problem solving assessment and optional computer-based assessments in mathematics literacy, reading literacy, and financial literacy. U.S. 15-year-old students participated in these optional computer-based assessments. Results for the 2012 mathematics, reading, and science were released in December 2013 and are available here. The PISA 2012 problem solving results were released in April 2014 and are available here. The PISA 2012 financial literacy results were released in July 2014 and are available here.

The next cycle of PISA data collection will take place in 2015.

More information about PISA and resources, including the OECD’s PISA reports, PISA assessment frameworks, and international data files, are available at the OECD’s website.

Download PISA data in ready-made tables at the Table Library

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PISA 2012 Financial Literacy results were released on July 9, 2014. View results from the Financial Literacy assessment.

View the PISA 2012 Financial Literacy Data Point publication. Read and download the publication here.

View the Commissioner's statement on the PISA 2012 financial literacy results.

PISA 2012 Problem Solving results were released on April 1, 2014. View results from the Problem Solving assessment.

The International Data Explorer (IDE) has been updated:

  • Now includes PISA 2012 problem solving data for 44 education systems.
  • Now includes PISA 2012 financial literacy data for 18 education systems.

Data Snapshots

How do U.S. 15-year-olds compare with their international peers in mathematics, reading, and science literacy? This short video highlights some of the findings from PISA 2012.
How do U.S. 15-year-olds compare with their international peers in mathematics, reading, and science literacy? This short video highlights some of the findings from PISA 2012.
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