Monday, 3 September 2012

PISA Testing

Department of Education Media Release

3 September 2012

Liz Banks
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.  

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