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Monitor student progress
over time

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Compare school performance
internationally

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Inform improvements
in teaching and learning

The International Schools' Assessment (ISA) is designed for students in Grades 3–10 in international schools and schools with an international focus. The program offers assessments for Mathematical Literacy, Scientific Literacy, Reading and Writing. 

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Reliable assessments

ISA assessments cover core subjects and are based on internationally-endorsed frameworks.

Our assessments
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Comprehensive reporting

Informative reports allow you to track student and school performance.

Our reports

Make a difference in your school with the ISA.
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Informing school improvement with in-depth data

The ISA enables schools to:

  • monitor an individual's or a cohort's progress over time

  • measure a student's achievement to reflect on and address their strengths and weaknesses

  • compare school performance and progress to an international cohort and schools in the same region

  • compare results against schools with similar proportions of students with English-speaking backgrounds

  • evaluate instructional programs against objective evidence of student performance, to identify gaps and measure growth.

Based on internationally endorsed frameworks

Designed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the ISA is based on the assessment frameworks of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and has been developed in consultation with international schools. ACER has been instrumental in the implementation, management and reporting of large-scale international surveys and brings their experience in these types of assessments to the ISA program.

Like PISA, the ISA assesses complex higher-order thinking skills because it includes open-ended questions in Mathematical Literacy, Reading and Scientific Literacy, which require students to construct responses, for example, to explain their reasoning, to find evidence or to justify their opinion.

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

ISA Introduction pack

Contains all ISA guides and documents

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Webinars: Introduction to ISA

The ISA Team regularly host online webinars for schools who would like to learn more about the ISA. Please select the session that best suits your time zone.

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Introduction to the ISA (February)

This webinar covers the key aspects of the ISA program, including the assessments, reports and teaching resources offered. 

Session 1: 12/2/20 8:30am AEDT (11/2/20 9:30pm GMT)

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Introduction to the ISA (February)

This webinar covers the key aspects of the ISA program, including the assessments, reports and teaching resources offered. 

Session 2: 13/2/20 5:00pm AEDT (13/2/20 6:00am GMT)