PISA 2012 Assessment and Analytical Framework

Mathematics, Reading, Science, Problem Solving and Financial Literacy

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Are students well prepared to meet the challenges of the future? Can they analyse, reason and communicate their ideas effectively? Have they found the kinds of interests they can pursue throughout their lives as productive members of the economy and society?

The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) seeks to answer these questions through the most comprehensive and rigorous international assessment of student knowledge and skills. PISA 2012 Assessment and Analytical Framework presents the conceptual framework underlying the fifth cycle of PISA. Similar to the previous cycles, the 2012 assessment covers reading, mathematics and science, with the major focus on mathematical literacy. Two other domains are evaluated: problem solving and financial literacy. Students respond to a background questionnaire and, as an option, to an educational career questionnaire as well as another questionnaire about Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Additional supporting information is gathered from the school authorities through the school questionnaire and from the parents through a third optional questionnaire. Sixty-six countries and economies, including all 34 OECD member countries, are taking part in the PISA 2012 assessment.

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Context Questionnaires Framework

The PISA 2012 context questionnaire framework describes how PISA can be developed further as a sustainable database for educational policy, and research. The framework maps out a design for the PISA context questionnaires that will be sustainable into the future. It also makes recommendation regarding aspects of design and analysis that are intended to build on the existing strengths of PISA and mapping an even stronger path into the future. Finally, the framework provides the theoretical and scientifically rigorous underpinnings of the concepts, scales and indices developed for the PISA 2012 cycle and that will be constructed using the different context questionnaires implemented in participating countries and economies. In particular, the framework discusses in detail new individual outcome measures – strategies, beliefs and motivation – related to mathematical literacy and innovative indicators of opportunity to learn and quality of instruction at the level of individual students, schools and systems.

English Also available in: French

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