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Programme for
International Student Assessment

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is the world’s biggest international education study, involving schools and pupils in over 80 countries.

PISA 2018 is being delivered in the UK by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on behalf of the Department for Education in England, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, and the Department of Education in Northern Ireland.

Findings from the study will provide high quality, internationally comparative data to inform education policy in the UK and across the world. It can be used to improve teaching and learning in reading, science and maths and to provide valuable insights into background factors such as pupils’ attitudes, school resources, teachers’ practices and qualifications and how they relate to pupil achievement.

As this is the 7th cycle of PISA, it is a fantastic way to compare pupils’ data with that of pupils from as far back as the year 2000. It provides a rich data set in the UK as well as internationally, to give us an insight into our education system.



Sample Questions

Find out what a PISA question looks like.

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Contact us

Get in touch if you have any questions about PISA 2018 in the UK.

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PISA research

Access PISA education briefings published by NFER, past national reports and links to other PISA resources.

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Over 600 schools will take part in PISA 2018 in the UK. Find out how your school benefits from taking part. 


Learn more about what's involved for the 20,000 pupils participating in PISA 2018 in the UK.