The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an internationally standardised assessment that was jointly developed by participating economies and administered to15-year-olds in schools.

Four assessments have so far been carried out (in 200020032006 and 2009). Data for the assessment which took place in 2009 was released on 7 December 2010. 

Tests are typically administered to between 4,500 and 10,000 students in each country.

The assessment takes place in three-yearly cycles.

Each cycle is named according to the year in which the assessment takes place.  The three cycles, PISA 2000, 2003 and 2006 have been completed. The PISA 2009 cycle is well underway and preparations for the PISA 2012 assessment have begun.

In all PISA cycles the domains of reading, mathematical and science literacy are assessed. The main focus of PISA 2000 was on reading literacy, in the sense that it included an extensive set of tasks in this domain. In PISA 2003, the emphasis was on mathematical literacy and an additional domain on problem solving was introduced. In 2006 the focus was on scientific literacy. In the 2009 cycle the assessment of the reading of electronic texts has been introduced as an option. In 2012 the focus of assessment will again be reading.

For a full list of products from the PISA assessments click on the links below:


PISA 2000
PISA 2003
PISA 2006

Gli studenti 15enni del nord (piemonte) hanno lo stesso livello di preparazione della media europea

Ecco i valori medi nazionali sugli studenti di 15 anni:
La preparazione degli studenti italiani 15enni appare in miglioramento