Department Academics Appointed to PISA 2021 Expert Groups

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Category: News


Academics from the department have been selected to serve on expert groups for the 2021 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial international survey run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.

Therese N. Hopfenbeck will serve as a member of the Questionnaire Expert Group and Jenni Ingram the Mathematics Subject Matter Expert Group – a subject that will be the major domain of focus for the 2021 exercise.

Experts from the participating countries are selected to serve on working groups to offer technical expertise and ensure that the PISA assessment instruments are internationally valid and take into account the cultural and curricular contexts of the PISA-participating countries and economies.

The Programme for International Student Assessment was created in 1997 and represents a commitment by the governments of OECD and partner countries to monitor the outcomes of education systems, in terms of student achievement, within a common, internationally agreed framework.

Every three years, over half a million students, representing 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies, take the internationally agreed two-hour test. Students are assessed in science, mathematics, reading and an innovative domain that is new for every cycle.

Find out more about PISA here.