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 (at age 15 and 16). PISA also collects contextual information from students, school principals, and optionally, teachers and parents. It began in 2000 and is carried out every three years. Ireland has participated in every cycle of PISA since 2000 and, starting in 2006, the assessment has gradually transitioned to an online format, which provides a more interesting and interactive experience for participating students. PISA contributes to the monitoring of the Department’s National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2011-2020.
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