PISA 2012 


PISA 2012 is the fifth cycle of the PISA study and will be carried out in 67 countries, including Ireland. In preparation for the PISA 2012 Main Study, a field trial took place in Ireland in March 2011 with around 2,000 students in 68 schools. During the main study in March 2012 it is planned to assess 5,500 15yearold students in about 160 schools across Ireland. As in PISA 2003, mathematics will again be the major focus of the 2012 assessment. This allows us to examine students’ performance across a wider range of mathematics content areas and processes than was the case in 2006 and 2009. It also provides us with the first opportunity to examine indepth changes and trends in students’ mathematics performance since 2003. In addition to mathematics, PISA 2012 provides some information about student performance in reading and science. Students will also be asked to complete a questionnaire which will gather information about their backgrounds, learning environment, beliefs and attitudes towards mathematics, strategies used when studying mathematics, educational and occupational aspirations, and familiarity and engagement with Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). In addition, principals of participating schools and teachers of junior cycle mathematics students will be asked to complete short questionnaires. As part of the PISA study in this cycle, a nationally representative sample of mathematics teachers took part in a survey that examined their views on the Project Maths initiative, as well as teaching and learning more generally. The report can be downloaded here and the summary brochure can be downloaded here. A second report on the survey, focusing on the teaching and learning of mathematics in Transition Year, has also been published. The report can be downloaded here and the summary brochure can be downloaded here.


PISA 2012 is the fifth cycle of the PISA study and will be carried out in 67 countries, including Ireland. In preparation for the PISA 2012 Main Study, a field trial took place in Ireland in March 2011 with around 2,000 students in 68 schools. During the main study in March 2012 it is planned to assess 5,500 15yearold students in about 160 schools across Ireland.
As in PISA 2003, mathematics will again be the major focus of the 2012 assessment. This allows us to examine students’ performance across a wider range of mathematics content areas and processes than was the case in 2006 and 2009. It also provides us with the first opportunity to examine indepth changes and trends in students’ mathematics performance since 2003. In addition to mathematics, PISA 2012 provides some information about student performance in reading and science.
A new element to the PISA study in this cycle is the Computer Based Assessment of Literacies (CBAL). CBAL will assess reading, mathematics and problem solving. The interactive nature of the test allows for student assessment in novel contexts that would not be possible using the traditional paperandpencil format. In the PISA 2012 Main Study, up to 35 students in each participating school will be invited to complete the written PISA test, and a subsample of approximately 20 students from each school will also complete the CBAL.
Students will also be asked to complete a questionnaire which will gather information about their backgrounds, learning environment, beliefs and attitudes towards mathematics, strategies used when studying mathematics, educational and occupational aspirations, and familiarity and engagement with Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). In addition, principals of participating schools and teachers of junior cycle mathematics students will be asked to complete short questionnaires.
As part of the PISA study in this cycle, a nationally representative sample of mathematics teachers took part in a survey that examined their views on the Project Maths initiative, as well as teaching and learning more generally.
The report can be downloaded here and the summary brochure can be downloaded here.
A second report on the survey, focusing on the teaching and learning of mathematics in Transition Year, has also been published.
The report can be downloaded here and the summary brochure can be downloaded here.