The results of the current PISA study will be announced on December 5, with a one-year delay.
For the research, a sample of approximately 9,500 15- and 16-year-old students from approximately 350 schools in Austria was selected in spring 2022; these students had to solve tasks in the categories of math, reading, natural sciences, and – for the first time -. time – financial literacy. Information about demographic factors and the learning environment was then collected.
PISA results will be announced on December 5, 2023
The work was postponed for a year due to corona. The necessary field tests in which the questions were “tested” were carried out only a year later, as the spring of 2020 fell in the middle of a phase of global school closures. This meant that the main tests were also postponed by a year.
Comparison of students’ skills before and after the corona epidemic
This also means that students’ skills after the corona outbreak can be compared to the runs collected before the pandemic. This was also true in last year’s similarly designed PIRLS study of primary school students (but only for reading). There were declines in skills in almost all countries compared to testing before the pandemic, but these were much smaller than feared; For Austria, this decline was within the normal range of volatility.
The main subject of PISA exams was mathematics
The main subject of the tests in this PISA test was mathematics; This means that the majority of questions come from this area. There was also financial literacy for the first time in Austria, as well as reading and natural sciences. The second was about the extent to which students were able to make simple decisions about day-to-day spending, or understand and calculate interest rates or the costs of mobile phone contracts – unlike results in maths, reading and science, “financial literacy” results are only presented next year.
Larger sample of 9,500 students
This new testing area is also why a larger sample of 9,500 people aged 15 or 16 are being tested this time, rather than around 7,000 teenagers. That’s about a tenth of that year. The testing was not conducted by teachers but by external testing administrators who came to the school to conduct the survey.
The test on the computer took two hours
The tasks took two hours to complete and were done on the computer. A survey then had to be completed, for example about attitudes towards mathematics, resources available at the school and demographic data. Given the circumstances, questions regarding teaching and learning have also arisen during online teaching phases due to the pandemic.
PISA survey 2018: Austria’s young people were above OECD average in mathematics
The last PISA survey in 2018 found that Austrian young people were around the OECD average in reading (the main testing area at the time) and natural sciences, but slightly above in mathematics. The top countries were consistently in Asia; The European champion was Estonia.
The study is organized by the OECD; In Austria, the Federal Institute for Quality Assurance (IQS) in the Austrian School System, which is part of the Ministry of Education, is responsible for the study. In total, more than 80 countries and 690,000 students participated in the surveys.