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Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Are students well prepared to meet the challenges of the future? Are they able to analyse, reason and communicate their ideas effectively? Do they have the capacity to continue learning throughout life? Parents, students, the public and those who run education systems continually ask these questions. PISA, a three-yearly survey (2000, 2003, 2006...) of 15-year-olds in the principal industrialised countries, provides some answers. It assesses how far students near the end of compulsory education have acquired some of the knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in society. A variety of resources have been created by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to make PISA information available to teachers and schools in a ready-to-use form. There are a number of ways these resources can be used. Examples include: To inform discussions about your schools' reading, mathematics and science curriculum; To explore the links between the concepts taught and ways to measure students understanding; To design new assessment according to your needs; and To reflect on the performance of your students in comparison to the performance of students in other countries, including the United States.

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