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Programme for International Student Assessment, PISA

«The world no longer pays you for what

you know – Google knows everything – but for what

you can do with what you know»

Director, Directorate for Education and Skills,

Andreas Schleicher

PISA is the international survey for assessment of 15-year olds’ literacy level in mathematics, science and reading.

The project coordinator is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The survey is implemented by Consortium with participation of leading international organisations in education.

43 countries participated in the first cycle of PISA in 2000, including OECD member states. In PISA 2015 the number of participating countries increased to 71 states. 11 more countries are planning to join PISA in 2018.

The purpose of survey: to assess to what extent students at the end of compulsory education, can apply their knowledge to real-life situations and be equipped for full participation in society (functional literacy).

In addition, the influence of various factors on educational achievement of students are analyzed. They are socio-economic aspects, characteristics of educational organizations (schools and colleges) and educational opportunities of 15-year olds outside of school.

PISA project gives opportunity to compare the different educational systems and apply the experience of the OECD countries for development of the national education strategies.  

PISA is an ongoing triennial survey, given a priority to one domain.

Reading Literacy

2000, 2009, 2018

Mathematical Literacy

2003, 2012

Science Literacy

2006, 2015

Kazakhstani participation in PISA

Kazakhstan has participated in PISA from 2009.


РISА - 2009

РISА - 2012

РISА - 2015

Total number of educational organizations




Including (by type)









Total number of students

5 590

5 808

7 843

Including students

with Kazakh as language for instruction

3 194

3 522

4 806

with Russian as language for instruction

2 396

2 286

3 037

In PISA 2012 15-year old students of Kazakhstan demonstrated the significant growth in mathematics (+27) and science (+25) (432 and 425 points by 1000-point international scale respectively). However, there was slow increase in reading on 3 points only (393 points).

OECD will present PISA 2015 results in December 2016.

PISA prospects:

The technology of survey design has been improving. 57 states from all 71 participating countries used computer-based assessment in PISA 2015, which allows assessing the literacy level in mathematics, science and reading within IT-competence.

OECD is considering the possibility of introducing in the future a new domain «Global Competence». This domain will assess creativity, critical thinking, leadership and ability to adaptation for designed non-standard situation of 15-year olds.

Read more:

- «PISA 2009 Results» (OECD);

-  «PISA 2012 Results» (OECD);

Национальный отчет по итогам международного исследования PISA-2009 в Казахстане;

Национальный отчет «Основные результаты международного исследования PISA-2012»;

PISA International Research

Department for International Comparative Research,

Tel: 57-86-32 / 72-88-10