OECD Test for Schools

Actionable insights that help schools across the US measure their academic performance and learning environment.



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The goalposts for educational success are shifting

As an educator, you know it’s critical to prepare your students to enter the global economy. The benchmark is no longer improvement by national standards alone, but how education systems compare internationally.

The OECD Test for Schools aims to unlock the power of PISA to provide schools with an international benchmark of their students’ learning outcomes, well-being and socio-emotional skills. We hope it will enable educators across the US to leverage the experience of the world’s leading school systems to improve their policies and practice.

Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for the Directorate for Education and Skills

What is the OECD Test for Schools?

It’s a school-level assessment that provides your school with a holistic “health check”, offering valuable insights on academic performance, learning environment, and how well your students can apply their knowledge.

The test is based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s world-renowned Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). While PISA delivers national-level results, the OECD Test for Schools delivers school-level results.

How is it different from PISA?

How is it different from PISA?

How can the OECD Test for Schools empower my school?

Equip your students with 21st century skills and build capacity for data-driven school improvement. Here is why so many districts in the US are already taking part in the OECD Test for Schools.

Introduce competence-based assessment

The test measures your students’ ability to retrieve and creatively apply knowledge, via scenario-based questions.

Connect with and learn from other schools

Your participation gives you global peer-learning opportunities to inform professional development and exchange of best practices among teachers and school leaders worldwide.

Benchmark your school’s performance internationally

Sophisticated data and analysis allows your school to compare itself to others in the US and around the world.

Receive a holistic “health check” of your school and teaching environment

A multi-faceted, world-recognised exploration of your entire teaching system provides your staff with a leading indicator of academic outcomes.

Give your students a voice

Separately from the main test, a student questionnaire collects valuable insights about pupils’ family context, your school’s teaching environment and students’ attitudes toward learning.

Make education decisions informed by data-driven insights

Test results pinpoint areas where you can make instructional practice improvements and program changes – at both a school and district level.

Reap the benefits of globally recognised school assessments for your students and staff.


Fast Facts


Like PISA, the OECD Test for Schools assesses high school students near the end of their compulsory education. A maximum of 85 students per school sit the test.

141 items, 3 subject areas

Questions measure how well your students can apply their knowledge creatively to solve problems in novel contexts within reading, mathematics, and science.

2 hours

Students are given two hours to complete the main part of the assessment, followed by a break before completing the student questionnaire.

Student survey

A 30-minute survey uncovers test-takers’ attitudes towards learning, including instrumental motivation and self-efficacy.

Efficient, online delivery

The test runs on the award-winning Janison Insights online assessment platform, which offers you an enhanced user experience via an intuitive dashboard, easy invigilation and streamlined reporting.

Comprehensive reporting

Participating schools each receive a detailed, 80+ page report that provides actionable insights into teaching practice and the school environment, as well as, world-scale comparative data.

While various student outcomes can be adequately measured by standardized test results and other assessments, the gold standard for accurately determining how students apply what they learn across a range of subject areas is via the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA). In addition, the OECD’s assessment of student satisfaction is a truly unique instrument no less useful than the exam results.

Michael Block

Dr. Michael K. Block, Co-founder, BASIS Charter School network

For all of the excellent rankings, results, and student outcomes our BASIS Charter Schools and students have earned over two decades, their consistent high standing when compared to the best-educated nations worldwide, as measured by the PISA Exam and the OECD Test for Schools, is perhaps the most noteworthy.

Stephanie T, BASIS Head of School and BASIS Charter School veteran of nine years

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about the costs, logistics, training and support, how to sign your school up for the test and more.

Any high school across the US can take part.

Ideally a sample of 85 students per school. The minimum number of students to complete the test and survey is 42.

Students need to be between 15 years and 3 months to 16 years and 2 months in age to take part.

The cognitive test covers reading, mathematics, and science. The questions measure how well students can apply their knowledge creatively to solve problems in novel contexts.

$5,000 USD per school.

Yes, it is possible to test more students, but it is not necessary for the data and results. A pro rata price can be negotiated.

We can provide the test at most times throughout the year.

More than 10 OECD countries already take part, including the UK, Russia, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil.

We do not hold personal information in the system. All we require is a unique identification number so that the school can identify the student. No student names go into the system.

The report is delivered approximately two months following the assessment.

Janison is the OECD’s education technology partner and delivers the OECD Tests for Schools – including the student interface and digital assessment engine. Janison also scores the test within the assessment platform software and consolidates the data into reports for the schools.

Most school staff require as little as one hour’s training to deliver the test.

Yes, our team is on standby throughout your testing event. We also provide proctor training as well as a comprehensive run sheet.

Yes, there is a demonstration site at: https://ots-demo.oecd-eu.janisoncloud.com/sampletest/OECD-Sample1

Simply click “Next”, “Next”, “Yes” and “Start” on the opening screens to view the sample questions.

The Better Education Company partners with Janison to promote and provide the OECD Test for Schools exclusively in the United States. For more information, go to www.bettereducationcompany.com

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