Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Selected Thom Students participating will take the assessment on Thursday May 19 at 8:30am in the Thom library. 

Students have been selected to take part in an important international assessment called the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)! This assessment measures the skills and knowledge of 15-year-olds from all over Canada and from over 85 countries in reading, mathematics, science, creative thinking, and in some countries and some Canadian provinces, financial literacy.

This assessment help us improve education for all students in Canada.  Thank you in advance for participating in PISA!

A short video presentation on PISA is available at

What is PISA?
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an important international assessment that measures the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in mathematics, science, and reading. PISA has been conducted every three years since 2000. Approximately 86 countries participate in PISA, including Canada.

Who is conducting the assessment?
PISA is a collaborative effort among the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD). In Canada, PISA is carried out through a partnership between the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)
and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Who will take part in PISA?
PISA will be conducted from April 18 to May 27, 2022. Approximately 30,000 students selected at random from over 1,000 schools across all ten Canadian provinces will be taking part in PISA. The assessment will be administered to both Anglophone and Francophone student

What will participating students have to do? Students will complete a computer-based test that will assess their skills in mathematics, reading, science, and creative thinking, as well as financial literacy in some provinces. The test takes two hours to complete. Students and school principals will also be asked to complete contextual questionnaires. The questionnaires collect valuable information that expands the results and scope of the assessment as a whole and helps to understand the factors that may influence student

Do students need to prepare for PISA?
No. Students do not need to prepare for this assessment. Normal classroom activities provide ample preparation.

Will the results affect students’ marks?
No. The results of this assessment will not affect students’ academic records in any way. All the data collected through PISA will be kept
strictly confidential. No results will be published at the student, school, or school board/district level. Results will be analyzed only at the provincial and pan-Canadian levels.

What are the benefits of participating?
PISA provides school administrators, teachers, and students with an opportunity to be involved with a high-quality assessment that will influence how mathematics, science, and reading are taught and learned in the future. The data gathered from the assessment are used
to support educational research. PISA provides us valuable information about how well students are doing and about what factors might be influencing their success, which can help us to make better decisions about the future of our education systems.

Should you have any questions, please contact the school.