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5/24/2012 10:46:00 AM
Program for International Student Assessment - 2012

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is currently recruiting schools for the 2012 administration of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is conducted internationally under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries. PISA assesses 15-year-old students’ performance in mathematics, reading, science, problem-solving, and financial literacy using paper- and computer-based assessments. PISA is the largest international education study in the world. More than 60 countries participate and together these countries represent nearly 90 percent of the world economy.

The U.S. PISA data collection will take place from early October through mid-November 2012. Schools in the PISA national sample—approximately 230—have been drawn from a list of all schools in the United States enrolling 15-year-old students. The selection method ensures that the U.S. participants accurately represent the whole United States, not just particular types of schools or students. For this reason, it is vitally important that each sampled school participates. NCES is contacting some states to elicit support in gaining school cooperation. In addition to recruitment for the national PISA sample, recruitment is underway in three U.S. states—Connecticut, Florida, and Massachusetts—that will participate in PISA in 2012, using their own funding, to receive state-level performance data.

For more information about PISA, please call Dana Kelly at 202-219-7101.
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