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IntroductIon to PISA
THE OECD PROGRAMME FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSESSMENT (PISA)
PISA focuses on young people’s ability to use their knowledge andskills to meet real-life challenges. this orientation reflects a change in the goals and objectives of curricula themselves, which are increasingly concerned with what students can do with what they learn at school and not merely with whether they have mastered specific curricular content. PISA’s unique features include its: • Policy orientation, which highlights differences in performancepatterns and identifies features common to highperforming students, schools and education systems by linking data on learning outcomes with data on student characteristics and other key factors that shape learning in and outside of school. • Innovative concept of “literacy”, which refers both to students’ capacity to apply knowledge and skills in key subject areas and to their ability to analyse,reason and communicate effectively as they pose, interpret and solve problems in a variety of situations. • Relevance to lifelong learning, which goes beyond assessing students’ competencies in school subjects by asking them to report on their motivation to learn, their beliefs about themselves and their learning strategies. • Regularity, which enables countries to monitor their progress in meetingkey learning objectives. • Breadth of geographical coverage and collaborative nature, which, in PISA 2009, encompasses the 34 OecD member countries and 41 partner countries and economies. to learn more about PISA and to download our publications and data, please visit our website: www.pisa.oecd.org to learn more about the OecD, please visit www.oecd.org
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