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 helps participating governments to regularly monitor educational outcomes against a common framework.

Australian and global comparisons

By taking part in the OECD's PISA, Australia has the chance 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 involved
600 000+
Students worldwide
14 000+
Australian students
Australian schools
Students in park

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, and how well they are prepared for lifelong learning in the areas of reading, mathematical and scientific literacy.

It 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?

The assessment period for PISA 2018 in Australian schools was end-July to early September 2018.

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 better understand and enhance the effectiveness of our national and state-based educational systems and to learn from other countries practices.

Publications and data