PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is a joint research program of OECD member countries that assesses the skills of 15-year-olds in mathematics, science and reading every three years as part of an international evaluation framework. In addition, it measures study attitudes, study skills and key skills that are important for the future.
Researchers from REAL were involved in the implementation of the Finnish component of the 2015 and 2018 PISA rounds. We are currently involved in the implementation of the PISA 2021 assessment. The Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER) at the University of Jyväskylä holds the main responsibility for the implementation of PISA at the national level.
REAL members involved in PISA 2018 and 2021:
PISA National Deputy Director Mari-Pauliina Vainikainen, researchers Ninja Hienonen (HY, TAU), Meri Lintuvuori (HY, TAU) and project planner Mikko Asikainen (HY).
The focus in 2021 is on mathematical competence. In this PISA round, we are responsible for the content area of creative thinking as well as the examination of educational equality. Changes caused by the coronavirus situation are announced on the FIER website.
The focus of the 2018 assessment was reading. According to the first results published in December 2019, Finnish students still ranked at the top of OECD countries in terms of reading. The level of competence of Finnish students in mathematics remained the same as in 2015, but knowledge of the natural sciences declined. During the PISA 2018 assessment, data on learning and schooling support were collected for the first time, specifically about intensified and special support for Finnish students. REAL researchers at the University of Helsinki Center for Educational Assessment (CEA) were responsible for this section.
The first results of the PISA 2018 assessment are available on the website of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
The main report of the PISA 2018 assessment will be published later.