Programme for International Students Assessment


Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

  • Formed in – 1997
  • OECD headquarter – Paris (France)
  • Official language – English & French
  • India Participated – 2018 (72th rank –Tamilnadu)
  • Age of Measurement –             1 Feb 2005-31 Jan 2006
  • 15 years 3 months – 16 years 2 months
  • 5252 students (150 schools x 35 students) will be assessed.


Why PISA for India

  • Will help introduce competency based examination reforms in the school system.
  • Will discourage rote learning.
  • Lead to recognition and acceptability of Indian students & prepare them for global economy of 21st
  • Will evaluate education system by measuring 15 yrs old school pupils (Mathematics, Science & Reading abilities.)
  • It is for improving/enabling countries to improve their education policies & outcomes.


   The following actions/steps will be taken up by Education Department, UT Chandigarh:

  1. 100% coverage of teachers has  to be ensured for PISA training by the Expert Committees and SCERT at the earliest.
  2. One integrated period per week (classes 6 to 10 ) may be introduced for integrated approach to learning that would include real life situations, more than 1 teacher and student led class.
  3. Art, Music and Physical Education teachers may be made part of integrated classroom.
  4. No Bag Day/PISA Day may be initiated for students once a week.
  5. Field trips-may be encouraged (visit gas station, railway station, parks, farms, post office etc.)
  6. Mentoring of students-One teacher may be allocated for mentoring of 5-6 students
  7. Students should be encouraged to give example and generate questions, promote peer interaction and learning as pedagogy.
  8. Reading has to be extensively promoted:-
    1. Teachers will be instructed to ask students to bring newspaper articles related to the topic being taught the next day.
    2. One mandatory reading exercise for the class per day may ne planned in school time table; teachers may take newspaper or other interesting articles for class reading and discussion-it should be undertaken on rotation basis by different teachers e.g. Science teacher on Monday, Math teachers on Tuesday and so on.
  9. Student wise plans also have to be prepared-highlighting each student’s specific challenges and strengths.
  10. Real Life situations have to be added for the content mapped in each area by the Expert Committees and the methodology adopted by ICSE in teaching of languages may be studied and capitalized upon.