Fall Forum PISA Discussion


The Program for International Student Assessment

College Students TalkingIn an effort to get a better picture of how students across the globe are being educated and how they compare, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) developed for The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). First administered in 2000, the PISA is an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy in 65 industrialized countries. For a more detailed explanation of PISA, what it tests for, and how, click here for a short video developed by the OECD.

At the 2013 Fall Forum, NCSL hosted a discussion on the most recent PISA results and their implications for U.S. education policy. Four leading education experts, including Andreas Schleicher of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mark Tucker of the National Center On Education and the Economy, Carlos Contreras of the Intel Corporation, and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, presented their viewpoints on what the PISA scores mean for U.S. education policy going forward. 

The Presentations

Andreas Schleicher presented the latest results and highlighted some of the most important comparison points between the 65 nations who participated. View his presentation here.

Marc Tucker presented on the main structural differences between the U.S. and the other 64 countries, and linked those differences to the U.S. PISA scores. View his presentation here

Additional Resources

  • The Alliance for Excellent Education hosted an event on the latest PISA results, which you can watch here
  • The National Center for Education Statistics houses the PISA results in an online data tool, which you can access here.