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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 computer-based assessments in mathematics literacy, reading literacy, and general problem solving, and an assessment of students' financial literacy. Results for the 2012 mathematics, reading, science and problem solving assessments are now available. Financial literacy results will be available in July 2014.

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.

International Data Explorer You can explore the PISA data directly through NCES's online data tool — the International Data Explorer (IDE)

Data Snapshots

PISA (International) 2012 Reading Literacy Assessment<br /><br />

Average scores:<br />
US 498<br />
OECD 496
PISA (International) 2012 Reading Literacy Assessment

Average scores:
US 498
OECD 496

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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 data for 65 education systems and 3 U.S. states
  • Now available in English and Spanish

PISA 2012 results were released on December 3, 2013.

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