The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
Yesterday, I wrote a post about EQAO testing. To continue with the theme of standardization, let’s take a look at PISA.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international survey that is administered every 3 years. PISA aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. PISA discusses what makes them different on their website:
PISA is unique because it develops tests which are not directly linked to the school curriculum. The tests are designed to assess to what extent students at the end of compulsory education, can apply their knowledge to real-life situations and be equipped for full participation in society.
Just like the EQAO standardized test, PISA has created large debates within countries around the world regarding where they rank in comparison to the other countries. Here is a televised discussion regarding Canada’s PISA ranking:
What are your thoughts on standardization, either within Ontario (EQAO) or in relation to countries worldwide (PISA)?