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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 every three years. First conducted in 2000, the major domain of study rotates between mathematics, science, and reading in each cycle. PISA also includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as collaborative problem solving. By design, 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. The next assessment is in 2015.

PISA 2015 will assess students' mathematics, reading, and science literacy in more than 70 countries and educational jurisdictions. Science is the major subject area in 2015, as it was in 2006. PISA 2015 will also include a collaborative problem solving assessment and an optional financial literacy assessment. U.S. 15-year-old students will participate in this optional assessment.

The most recent PISA results are from 2012 and are available here. The PISA 2012 financial literacy results were released in July 2014 and are available here. 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

The U.S. average score on PISA 2012 Problem Solving was 508, which was higher than the OECD-PS average of 500. <small>SOURCE: Key findings from PISA 2012 Problem Solving: United States</small>
The U.S. average score on PISA 2012 Problem Solving was 508, which was higher than the OECD-PS average of 500. SOURCE: Key findings from PISA 2012 Problem Solving: United States
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