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PISA 2009 Results

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009 is the fourth administration of PISA by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries. In 2009, 65 countries and education systems, including the United States, participated as partners in PISA. This page presents selected findings from PISA 2009 from the U.S. perspective.

The full version of the report from which these selected findings are taken, Highlights From PISA 2009: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Reading, Mathematics, and Science in an International Context is available for browsing or downloading. Other data are also available in supplemental tables.

To assist readers in understanding how the PISA reading assessment compares with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment, the following paper describes the differences and similarities: Comparison of the PISA 2009 and NAEP 2009 Reading Assessments. Other papers comparing PISA with NAEP and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) mathematics and science assessments are available at:

After the initial release of the NCES PISA 2009 U.S. national report and supplemental tables, some minor changes were made to the report text and to the supplemental tables. View the errata notice for more detail.

Additional PISA reports are also available under Publications and Products.