PISA Germany

The Programme for International Student Assessment gathers skills and knowledge of students worldwide and compares them internationally. PISA is a project of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

On behalf of the standing Conference of the Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK), the national project management for PISA 2022 (after 2018, 2015 and 2012) is managed by the Center for International Student Assessment (ZIB), located at the Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany). Prof. Dr. Kristina Reiss is responsible for the scientific project management.

The 3 main domains of PISA (Scientific-, Reading- and Mathematical Literacy) are a key part of lifelong learning. PISA assesses the level of performance of the adolescents, provides information on results of teaching and learning in schools and also demonstrates strains of development in our educational system. The conformity of the test items with the curricula of the participating countries is less important than the measurement of basic competences in different application situations. The concept of literacy in PISA is therefore functionalistic: 15-year-old students should use the competences they acquired in school in diverse applied situations. Accordingly, the PISA test is entirely computer based since 2015.