Regular monitoring for improved education systems

Conducted on a three-year cycle since 2000, and focusing on students as they near the end of compulsory schooling, PISA results assist governments in a multitude of countries to regularly monitor educational outcomes against a common framework.

Australian and global comparisons

By participating in the OECD's PISA, Australia receives an opportunity to compare student performance on a global scale, independently of school curriculum, providing insights to help continually improve our own education system both in comparison to other countries, and in relation to previous results – ensuring we strive for ongoing improvements in equity and learning outcomes for all future Australian students.

PISA 2018 will involve
500 000+
Students worldwide
14 500+
Australian students
Australian schools

Be part of making Australia's education system world class

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PISA assesses essential skills of Australian students

PISA assesses the extent to which 15 year old students have acquired some of the knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in society.  PISA focuses on how well students are prepared for life-long learning in the areas of reading, mathematical and scientific literacy.

PISA seeks to answer questions such as ‘Are our schools adequately preparing young people for the challenges of adult life?’, ‘Are some kinds of teaching and schools more effective than others?’ and ‘Can schools contribute to improving the futures of students from immigrant or disadvantaged backgrounds?

For PISA 2018 the assessment in Australian schools takes place from the end of July to early September 2018.

2015 Key findings

Reading literacy
Reading literacy
Mathematical literacy
Mathematical literacy
Scientific literacy
Scientific literacy

PISA in Australia

PISA is a key part of Australia’s National Assessment Program (NAP).  In Australia, all 15-year-old students from all states and territories and from all school systems are eligible to participate.

PISA helps governments to further understand and enhance the effectiveness of our national and state based educational systems and to learn from other countries practices.

Publications and data