The PISA-Based Test for Schools is a school assessment and contextual questionnaire designed to assess how well 15-year-old students can apply their knowledge of mathematics, reading and science to real life situations and unfamiliar contexts, and what impact their socio-economic backgrounds, attitudes to their learning environment and interests in reading, mathematics and science have on their results.
What will the test involve?
The PISA-Based Test for Schools is a 3 hour and 15 minute paper and pencil test that includes a 35 minute student questionnaire. The whole administration should take no longer than three and a half hours.
Approximately 84 fifteen-year-old students will be randomly sampled by NFER to sit the assessment in your school. The test is designed for students who are between 15 years and two months and 16 years and two months at the time the assessment is administered.
All tests and questionnaires will be administered in schools by NFER-appointed administrators who are familiar with the classroom environment. They will be responsible for test distribution and collation of materials in schools. All marking will be carried out by NFER.
The PISA-Based Test for Schools and other international studies
If your school has been selected for the triennial international PISA study, or other international study such as IEA TIMSS, this does not preclude you from additionally undertaking the PISA-based test for schools. The international tests are only used to collate data at a national level, whereas the PISA-based tests will give you school-level information.
Data protection and confidentiality
NFER adheres strictly to the Data Protection Act and all responses and data provided during the study will be treated confidentially within the research team. NFER will not disclose names of individuals or schools involved in the survey to any other organisation either in any reports arising from the use of this data or in any other way. A copy of each school’s report and an anonymised set of data will be provided to the OECD. OECD may use the anonymised data for further analysis. They will not disclose any of the individual school reports to any third parties without written permission from the school.
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