Program for International Student Assessment
This is an international program run by OECD since 1997, and is counted among the world’s largest international studies in education. It includes more than 60 countries representing almost 90 per cent of the world economy. PISA’s findings are used by researchers and policy-makers as accepted international criteria for tracing national educational developments and how they compare with the results reached by similar and competing countries in the world of economics. This program targets 15-year-old students for gauging the extent of their abilities to solve problems associated with actual life, using acquired knowledge and skills in three fields: reading, mathematics and science, in addition to expressing their positions clearly toward these problems. PISA assesses students’ skills in solving problems in the above subjects without focusing on relevant curricula content but rather by looking at the basic knowledge and skills needed by students in their lives. The program aims at measuring how ready are these student, who are about to complete their general or vocational learning or enter the work market, to face the challenges of their communities. The program evaluates the competencies of the students in facing challenges and carrying out daily tasks using their knowledge and capabilities, and defending their positions in a scientific, logical and dialectical method, in order to be able to assess their own choices and decisions.
For more information, this project is available in Arabic.