Rachel Classick, Maria Galvis and Juliet Sizmur
19 November 2020
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a study of educational achievement run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The PISA study takes place every three years and examines the performance of 15 year old pupils in reading, mathematics and science. It also collects a range of contextual information on school and pupil backgrounds. Wales has participated in PISA since 2006. In 2018, 79 countries from across the world took part in the PISA study.
This report looks in further depth at the 2018 PISA results for Wales (Sizmur et al., 2019) and explores differences in reading performance between:
- pupils who attended English- and Welsh- medium schools
- pupils who took the assessment in English and those who took the assessment in Welsh
- pupils who speak English at home and those who speak Welsh at home.