02/12/2004 - The OECD will publish data from the latest survey under its Program for International Student Assessment- "Learning for tomorrow's world: First results from PISA 2003"- at 00.01 Paris time on Tuesday 7 December (2301 GMT on Monday 6 December).
The report will be available to journalists under embargo on the OECD's password-protected website from Monday morning 6 December. Journalists can also request an e-mail version of the report, under embargo, from the OECD's Media Relations Division .
The report will be presented under embargo at an international news conference in Brussels at 10.00 a.m. on Monday 6 December by Andreas Schleicher, Head of the OECD's Educational Indicators and Analysis Division, at the Ministry of the Flemish Community, Boudewijngebouw (Auditorium - 2nd floor), Boudewijnlaan 30, avenue Prince Baudouin, 1000 Brussels. Frank Vandenbroucke, Vice-Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Work, Education and Training; Marie Arena, Minister-President of the French community of Belgium in charge of education; and Oliver Paasch, Education Minister of the German-speaking community of Belgium will participate.
Other OECD presentations will take place in Paris, Berlin, Washington, Mexico and Tokyo (see details below) and a number of national authorities plan briefings in national capitals.
More details on PISA can be found at http://www.oecd.org/pisa or on http://www.pisa.oecd.org. Short background films on PISA in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese can be viewed at http://www.oecd.org/document/44/0,2340,en_32252351_32235731_33975084_1_1_1_1,00.html
Material for broadcasters:
Broadcasters can request unedited B-roll material in TV format Betacam SP PAL by contacting Luisa Constanza (tel:+ 33 1 45 24 80 89). This material shows school children in classroom situations relevant to PISA, received from the following contributors: PISA Belgium Flanders, Mexico (INEE -Instituto Nacional para la Evaluación de la Educación), France (OECD TV), USA (Education Statistics Services), Austria (Federal Ministry for Education Science and Culture).
Other news conferences and briefings:
In addition to the Brussels event, the following media events are planned on 6 December, under embargo (no broadcast or publication in print or on news wires or Internet services before 00.01 a.m. Paris time on 7 December):
The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a survey made once every three years of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in the 30 countries of the OECD plus a varying number of partner countries. Its main objective is to provide governments with a basis for policy choices by helping them to understand what works and what doesn't work in helping children to learn.
PISA tests students on their ability to apply the knowledge and skills that they have learned at school in tackling problems in key subject areas. The first survey, which involved 43 countries and was made in 2000, focused on reading skills. The first results of PISA 2000 were published in December 2001.
Some examples of the questions posed to students can be found at: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/44/62/33692744.pdf
PISA 2003, the second survey in the series, focused on mathematics. More than 250,000 students in 41 countries participated, taking pencil and paper tests lasting two hours in their schools.
PISA 2006 will focus on the ways in which students approach science. Some 58 countries will participate and the results will be published in 2007.
PISA is not just about the reproduction of school-knowledge. It tests the capacity of students to apply knowledge and skills in key subject areas and to analyse, reason and communicate effectively as they pose, solve and interpret problems in a variety of situations. PISA also attaches great importance to lifelong learning. For this reason, it also asks students to report on their own motivations to learn, their beliefs about themselves and their learning strategies.
There is much that countries can learn by comparing their own performance with what other countries achieve. In the best-performing countries, students and schools perform better in a climate characterised by high expectations, the readiness of students to invest effort, the enjoyment of learning, a positive disciplinary climate and good teacher-student relations.