PISA for Development


PISA for Development aims to increase developing countries’ use of PISA assessments for monitoring progress towards nationally-set targets for improvement, for the analysis of factors associated with student learning outcomes, particularly for poor and marginalised populations, for institutional capacity-building and for tracking international educational targets in the post-2015 framework being developed within the UN’s thematic consultations.

It will do this using enhanced PISA survey instruments that are more relevant for the contexts found in developing countries but which produce scores that are on the same scales as the main PISA assessment.

The pilot project will also develop an approach and methodology for including out of school children in the surveys. The pilot projects results will be obtained over a 36 month period through a three-way partnership involving seven countries from the developing world, concerned development partners (DAC members plus the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF and other UN bodies and regional organisations) and the OECD.


  • Background
    Learn about the origins of the PISA for Development project.
  • Meetings
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PISA for Development Brochure

UNESCO IIEP Interview with Michael Ward and Miyako Ikeda, PISA, OECD


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