What is the ISA?

The ISA assessment program is designed specifically for students in international schools in Grades 3–10. It is based on the internationally endorsed reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

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Note that the ISA is not part of PISA and is not endorsed by the OECD.

Why choose the ISA?

Innovative assessments

Innovative assessments

Designed specifically for international school populations. Writing tasks and open-ended questions in reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy to better illuminate students' thinking processes.

Flexible delivery for ISA assessments

Flexible delivery

Online and paper mathematical literacy, reading and writing for Grades 3–10. Online scientific literacy for Grades 7–10. Flexibility to combine testing modes.

ISA provides informative reporting

Informative reporting

The ISA reports inform improvements in teaching and learning and tell school leaders, teachers and parents what they want to know.

Who uses the ISA?

Over 76 000 students from 370 schools across nearly 80 countries participated in ISA 2016–17.

List of schools using the ISA.

ISA information pack

All the information you need about the ISA program in a convenient PDF document.

Download ISA information pack

When does ISA testing take place?

Schools may choose ONE of the following dates.

2017 - 2018 Testing Administration

September 2017

Paper delivery only

Mon 25 Sept - Fri 6 Oct

Orders close:
25 August

Results delivered:
early December

February 2018

Online and/or paper delivery

Mon 12 Feb - Fri 23 Feb

Orders close:
5 January

Results delivered:
early April (online)
late April (paper)

May 2018

Online delivery only

Mon 7 May - Fri 18 May

Orders close:
13 April

Results delivered:
mid-June

2018 - 2019 Testing Administration

September 2018

Paper delivery only

Mon 24 Sept – Fri 5 Oct

Orders close:
24 August

Results delivered:
early December

February 2019

Online and/or paper delivery

Mon 11 Feb - Fri 22 Feb

Orders close:
4 January

Results delivered:
early April (online)
late April (paper)

May 2019

Online delivery only

Mon 6 May - Fri 17 May

Orders close:
12 April

Results delivered:
mid-June