Programme for International Student Assessment


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

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is delivering PISA 2021 in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. If you are from a school in Scotland and have been contacted about taking part in PISA 2021, please click on one of the links on the left hand side or below for further information.

Findings from PISA studies 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.

PISA enables countries to compare today’s pupils’ data with that of pupils from as far back as the year 2000. The rich data set it has provided, in the UK as well as internationally, can give us a valuable insight into our education system.

PISA 2018

PISA 2018 was delivered in the UK by NFER on behalf of the Department for Education in England, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, and the Department of Education in Northern Ireland.

The PISA 2018 national reports for England, Northern Ireland and Wales were published on 3 December 2019 alongside the OECD international report and database. The report for Scotland was written by the Scottish Government.

To access the national reports and briefing papers which present a summary of the key findings from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, please visit our PISA 2018 National Reports page.  

We would like to thank all the pupils, teachers and schools who took part in PISA 2018, representing the nations of the UK. Feedback reports for schools will be provided to participating schools in December 2019 and January 2020.