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Education Spotlight: PISA

Updated: Jan 1

What is PISA?

PISA is the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment. PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges.

See "Ed Spotlight: OECD".

Pisa Test Examples


PISA FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

How does PISA Work?

How does PISA help education reform? The cases of Germany & Brazil.

The Best Student and Education, PISA 2000~2018 Country Comparison; OECD PISA

World best education ranking: which country does best in Education for 15 age students? China has won the best country in education. Here we compare best performing students and best education system for 15 age students in the world using OECD PISA results. The OECD's comprehensive world education ranking report, PISA 2018 result, is out. Here, we present the best country ranking based on reading, mathematics, science education system, using performances from PISA 2000~2018. This means that the listed countries in this clip have top-quality eduction system in the world. The education is the key to the country's success. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in member and non-member nations intended to evaluate best education system by measuring 15-year-old school pupils' scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading. It was first performed in 2000 and then repeated every three years. Its aim is to provide comparable data with a view to enabling countries to improve their education policies and outcomes. It measures problem solving and cognition. Around 700 thousands students in 79 countries are participated in PISA 2018. Reading, mathematics and science are main subjects assessed in PISA. Reading literacy is defined as students’ capacity to understand, use, evaluate, reflect on and engage with texts in order to achieve one’s goals, develop one’s knowledge and potential, and participate in society. Mathematics literacy is defined as students’ capacity to formulate, employ and interpret mathematics in a variety of contexts. It includes reasoning mathematically and using mathematical concepts, procedures, facts and tools to describe, explain and predict phenomena. Science literacy is defined as the ability to engage with science-related issues, and with the ideas of science, as a reflective citizen. Average total mean score is around 1500. The world's best performing country is China The second best country is Singapore. All of listed countries are showing us high-quality and equitable education system for world improvement.

The world's best performing countries are:




Hong Kong-China





Chinese Taipei


Viet Nam



United Kingdom


New Zealand





Here, we present sum of mean score from PISA 2000~2018 results. We also provide the best country ranking on performances of each subjects: Best Reading performing country: Best Mathmatics performing country: Best Science performing country: Source: OECD PISA

U.S. Media Briefing - OECD PISA 2018 Results with Andreas Schleicher

December 2, 2019

See also PISA Q&A webinar - "Do you really know what PISA is about" with Andreas Schleicher - Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills (November 27, 2019.

PISA 2018: How Are Students Doing?


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