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Wales participates in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which tests the skills and knowledge of 15 year olds worldwide.

PISA assessments take place every 3 years. Each assessment focuses on 1 of 3 key areas which are mathematical literacy, reading and scientific literacy.

Wales’ participation in PISA is managed by the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) and schools are selected based on requirements set by the international consortium managing the assessment round.

Wales has  taken part in the last 4 assessment rounds and is committed to future participation.

Further information about PISA can be found on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s website (external link).

2015 PISA results

The 2015 assessment round focussed on science and the results can be found under Statistics and Research.

The additional analysis of PISA 2015 by regional performance and GCSE/BTEC can be found below.

The additional analysis of PISA 2015 high and low achievers can also be found below.

PISA INSET training materials

We have developed a suite of INSET materials (external link) which provides advice and support for teachers in understanding the purpose of PISA and how it can support learning and teaching. They also focus on developing effective teaching methods based on metacognition and thinking skills.

Other related key information, approaches and research can be found on Learning Wales (external link).