Department of Education Media Release
3 September 2012
Deputy Secretary, Early Years and Schools
- Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment conducted every three years.
- The majority of participating students are 15 years old.
- 47 Tasmanian Government schools were included in the 2012 sample.
- Schools are selected randomly to participate in the PISA sample. Sample size across the jurisdictions is determined by the need to capture data from schools representative of all socio-economic and geolocational categories.
- The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is conducting the assessments nationally and was responsible for determining the sample frame.
- 25 students from each school will be sampled to complete a two-hour paper-based assessment consisting of mathematics, science, financial literacy and reading questions. These students will also be asked to complete a questionnaire.
- After the paper-based assessment and questionnaire, a sub-sample of 20 students who participated in the paper-based assessment will also participate in a computer-based assessment of problem solving, mathematical literacy and reading literacy.