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Education and Early Childhood Development

Programme for International Student Assessment (15-year-old students)

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment of the skills and knowledge of 15 year olds that is administered every three years.

Directed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD), PISA involves over 60 countries or economies.

PISA covers three domains: reading, mathematics, and science. Although each assessment has questions from all three domains, the focus shifts with each administration. The results for the 2000 (major focus on Reading), 2003 (major focus on Mathematics), 2006 (major focus on Science) and in 2009 (major focus on Reading) are below.

In May 2012, a representative sample of Nova Scotia 15-year-olds in English, French immersion, and French first language programs participated in the fifth administration of PISA. The major focus was Mathematics. Results will be posted when available. Please visit the PISA link in the right menu for additional information.


PISA Science Overall Average Scores

PISA Reading Overall Average Score

PISA Math Overall Average Scores