PISA is an international assessment of student achievement, which the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) organizes and which aims to assess students’ competencies in three domains: reading literacy, mathematics, and scientific literacy. PISA is implemented in a cyclical mode, with one of the domains dominant in each cycle. The survey focuses on 15-year-old students at the end of their compulsory education to evaluate the effectiveness of school systems in providing essential knowledge, skills, and competencies for effective performance on the labor market.
Georgia participated in PISA 2009 (2009+ project) and 2015. The NAEC was responsible for the administration of the survey. The Millennium Challenge Corporation and Millennium Challenge Account Georgia financially supported PISA 2015 and 2018. Approximately 6000 students, their parents, 263 schools, and their principals participated in PISA. In addition to the cognitive data, the study enables the collection of contextual information about the school system and management, student background and family, attitudes towards and practices of teaching and learning in the three major domains. Since 2015, the survey is administered to students studying in Azerbaijani- and Russian- language schools as well as vocational institutions which provide instruction for 15 year old students.
In addition to administration of the study, NAEC is responsible for preparing and disseminating national reports for policy makers, school communities, educators, parents, and the wider society. For this reason, NAEC hosts events that help inform policy and help schools to make sense of and use the data more effectively in their contexts.
While PISA 2015 results are being analyzed, preparatory works have already commenced for the 2018 cycle which will be administered in a computer-based mode in Georgia.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) supported Georgia’s participation in PISA.
For more information about the study, please consult the PISA OECD web page.