OECD Test for Schools.

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

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Upcoming testing window: November 2021

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 competency-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-recognized 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 a school level. School networks and regional authorities can also request a group report to assess the performance of a group of schools.

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OECD Test for Schools

Take a sneak peek at the actionable insights your school will receive in this sample copy of the 80+ page OECD Test for Schools report.

Fast Facts

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Like PISA, the OECD Test for Schools assesses high school students near the end of their compulsory education. A random sample of at least 42 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 questionnaire

A 30-minute questionnaire uncovers test-takers’ attitudes towards learning, including instrumental motivation and self-efficacy. It also allows you to look at their social and emotional skills, and to understand the impact of COVID-19 disruptions.

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. The test can be administered both online and offline.

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

Global Crises Module:Guide your school’s education decisions post COVID-19

The global spread of COVID-19 has led to unprecedented disruptions in schooling around the world, leaving educators with many unanswered questions. How much learning did our students miss and what is the impact? How has the pandemic impacted students’ social, emotional, and mental health? How well were they able to access education at home when school buildings were closed down? How well prepared is our school for a similar crisis in the future?

The OECD’s Global Crises Module is designed to help you answer these questions and more. It evaluates the educational impacts of COVID-19 disruption on your school and helps inform decisions on how to mitigate them.

Register your school’s interest here.

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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 55 students per school. The minimum number of students to complete the assessment in order to receive the school report 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.

The next testing window will be in November 2021.

More than 12 countries already take part, including Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Portugal, Russia, Thailand, the UAE, the UK and the US.

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.

As the assessment includes many open-ended questions that need to be marked by humans, the reports are delivered approximately two months after the end of a testing window.

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 available here.

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

Sign up or register your interest here.

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