What is PISA
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international study that assesses and compares how well countries are preparing their 15-year-old students to meet real-life opportunities and challenges.
This study is an initiative of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD].
Who takes part?
Just over half a million students from 65 countries took part in PISA 2012.
In New Zealand, over 5,000 students (4,291 for core PISA subjects, 958 for financial literacy) from 177 schools took part in the study, in July 2012.
Schools, and students within each school, were randomly selected to take part. An international consortium commissioned by the OECD to implement PISA was responsible for sampling schools and students in all PISA countries.
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