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PISA Young Adult Follow-up Study

What is PISA?

PISA is the largest international education study in the world and is conducted every 3 years. More than 60 countries participate. PISA assesses 15-year-old students in mathematics, reading, and science. PISA is unique because it focuses on how well students can apply their knowledge and skills in real-life contexts. PISA results have been used by researchers and policymakers in the United States and around the world to chart national progress against international standards and to identify strengths and weaknesses in countries' education systems.

What is the PISA Young Adult Follow-up Study and why is it important?

The PISA Young Adult Follow-up Study is a follow-up survey of U.S. PISA students who participated in the 2012 PISA. Students from the 2012 PISA will be asked to complete an online survey in the fall of 2015. The survey will ask students about their educational and work experiences and their use of computers and the Internet in their daily lives, and provide an opportunity for students to check their reading and mathematics literacy skills. The study is important because it will provide valuable information about how studentsí skills measured by PISA at age 15 relate to education and work experiences and key skills in young adulthood. This information will help us better understand how well prepared U.S. students are for the global economy. It will inform discussions about college and career-readiness and successful transitions from high school to college and the workforce.

Who participates?

Students who participated in PISA in 2012 were asked to supply contact information for a follow up study. Those who did are being invited to participate in the PISA Young Adult Follow-up Study. The study is voluntary, but only students who participated in PISA 2012 may participate in this study, and they are a unique source of this information, so it is important that everyone who is eligible participates.

What is the study timeline?

Spring 2014: PISA 2012 students who supplied contact information will be contacted

2014-15: Some study participants will participate in a field test to try out study procedures

Fall 2015: Study participants will take online survey

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