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, maths and science and to provide valuable insights into background factors such as pupils’ attitudes, school resources, teaching 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.

Click to view the PISA 2018 privacy policy here.