The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international study that was launched by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1997 and first administered in 2000. It aims to evaluate education systems worldwide every three years by assessing 15-year-olds' competencies in the key subjects of reading, mathematics and science. PISA focuses on young people’s ability to use their knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges. This orientation reflects a change in the goals and objectives of curricula themselves, which are increasingly concerned with what students can do with what they learn at school and not merely with whether they have mastered specific curricular content.
Malta first participated in PISA in the 2009 cycle (with the assessment being administered in Malta and nine other countries in 2010 and is referred to as PISA 2009+). Maltese 15-year-old students again took part in PISA in 2015. Preparations are underway for our third participation in PISA for the next cycle due in 2018 when for the first time this international survey will be administered via computers and not as a paper-based assessment.

PISA 2015

PISA 2015 Malta Report

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PISA 2015 International Results

​PISA 2009+

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