PISA 2015 Assessment and Analytical Framework

Science, Reading, Mathematic and Financial Literacy

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“What is important for citizens to know and be able to do?” The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) seeks to answer that question through the most comprehensive and rigorous international assessment of student knowledge and skills. The PISA 2015 Assessment and Analytical Framework presents the conceptual foundations of the sixth cycle of the triennial assessment. Similar to the previous cycles, the 2015 assessment covers science, reading and mathematics, with the major focus on scientific literacy this cycle. Financial literacy is also evaluated as an optional assessment, as it was in 2012.A questionnaire about students’ background is distributed to all participating students. Students may also choose to complete additional questionnaires: one about their future studies and career, a second about their familiarity with information and communication technologies. School principals complete a questionnaire about the learning environment in their schools, and parents of students who sit the PISA test can choose to complete a questionnaire about the home environment. Seventy-one countries and economies, including all 34 OECD countries, participated in the PISA 2015 assessment.

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PISA 2015 Science Framework

Science is the main subject of assessment in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2015. This chapter defines “scientific literacy” as assessed in PISA. It describes the types of contexts, knowledge, competencies and attitudes towards science that are reflected in the assessment’s science problems and provides several sample items. The chapter also discusses how student performance in science is measured and reported.

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