The OECD’s PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is the largest international study of education, examining the reading, mathematics and science achievements of students as they approach the end of compulsory schooling. It began in 2000 and is carried out every three years. Ireland has participated in every cycle of PISA since 2000; PISA 2018 will be the seventh cycle of PISA administered across the OECD and partner countries.

Ireland has an excellent record of participation in all cycles of PISA; schools, students, and since 2015, students’ parents have contributed towards strong responses rates. We hope we can continue to maintain a strong participation rate in future cycles of PISA.

This website provides an overview of what PISA is, who participates, how it is carried out, and national contact information. National PISA publications are also available on the website, along with information for students, parents and schools. Links to international PISA resources (publications, databases, contact information) are also provided.

PISA 2018 Autumn Study

The PISA 2018 Autumn Study will take place in Ireland during October and November 2018. In total, 57 post-primary schools across the country have been selected to take part. PISA is normally conducted during the spring time (March/April); however, the Department of Education and Skills is concerned about the burden placed on schools at that time of the year when there are mocks/orals for Third year students, Transition Year students are out on work experience and many sporting finals are taking place. This study is to assess the feasibility of carrying out PISA during the autumn instead of spring.

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PISA 2018

The PISA 2018 Main Study will take place in Ireland during March and April 2018. 157 post-primary schools across the country have been selected to take part and are currently being contacted by our Regional Co-ordinators. For more details please click here.

We would like to thank the 40 post-primary schools and over 2,000 students (and students’ parents) that took part in the PISA 2018 Field Trial in March and April 2017. A short summary outlining how each school performed compared to the national average will be sent out to schools shortly.

PISA 2015

National report: Report on the mathematics, reading and science results from PISA 2015 (December 2016). The press release is available here. For E-appendix click here.

The OECD also launched the International Report of PISA 2015 results on Tuesday, 6th December 2016. See the OECD PISA website for more information.

PISA 2015 Home Environment Report (forthcoming, expected in early 2018)

PISA 2012

Selected publications from PISA 2012

National Report: Report and Brochure on the mathematics, reading and science results for Ireland from PISA 2012 ‎(December 2013). Supplementary tables are available in the PISA 2012 E-appendix.

PISA in Classrooms: Report on PISA in Classrooms: Implications for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics in Ireland (October 2016).

Teachers’ Guide: Report on PISA 2012: Teachers’ Guide to Mathematics and Problem Solving (October 2016).