Achievement of 15-Year-Olds in England: PISA 2012 National Report (OECD Programme for Student Assessment)

Rebecca Wheater, Juliet Sizmur, Bethan Burge, Robert Ager

03 December 2013

Available to download from the DfE website

The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a survey of mathematics, science and reading skills. Pupils in England also took part in a computer based assessment of problem solving. England’s results in mathematics, science and reading, along with results from the pupil and headteacher questionnaires were released on 3 December 2013. This updated report released on 1 April 2014 also includes England’s results in problem solving.

Mathematics was the main subject in PISA 2012 and so was assessed in greater depth compared with the other areas. In addition pupils and schools complete questionnaires to provide information about pupil background and attitudes, and aspects of school management and school climate respectively. In England, up to 14 students in each school that participated in the problem solving assessment usually returned for one hour in the afternoon to carry out the computer based assessment of problem solving. Findings from the survey provide Government with detailed comparative evidence on which to base educational policy and provide researchers with a rich data set to explore with secondary analysis.

PISA 2012 involved pupils in 65 countries around the world. Schools in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are oversampled so that results can be reported for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and so comparisons can be made within the UK. In England, a total of 170 schools and 4185 pupils took part in PISA 2012 and almost 490 schools took part in the survey across the UK. The problem solving assessment was completed by 1458 pupils from 137 schools in England.

NFER is the PISA 2012 national research centre for the whole of the UK and conducted the survey on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) (England), the Department of Education (DE) (Northern Ireland), the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government.

NFER would like to thank the schools, their teachers and pupils for representing their country and helping to make PISA 2012 a success.

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