How have 15-year old students performed in the 64 economies that took part in the latest OECD PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests?
For the first time, this edition of PISA will show how student performance in each country has evolved over time by comparing the reading, mathematics and science results with previous PISA surveys from 2000, 2003 and 2006.
PISA will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (10.00 a.m. GMT) on Tuesday 7 December 2010.
Secretary-General Angel Gurría, together with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh, will launch the report in the US at an event in Washington, at 09.00 a.m. local time on Tuesday 7 December – full details below.
On Monday 6 December, news conferences will be held under embargo in:
• Tokyo: via videoconference with Miyako Ikeda, OECD PISA analyst, at the OECD Tokyo Centre at 5.00 p.m. local Tokyo time (10.00 GMT). To register for this event contact: email@example.com
• London: breakfast briefing with Andreas Schleicher, head of the PISA programme, at Broadway House, Tothill Street, SW1H 9NQ, at 08.30 a.m. local time. To register for this event contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday 7 December, news conferences will take place in:
• Washington: with OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC, at 09.00 a.m. local time. To register for this event please contact: email@example.com
• Berlin: with Heino von Meyer, head of the OECD Berlin Centre; Annette Schavan, Federal Minister for Education and Research; and Johanna Wanka, Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen); at the Bundespressekonferenz at 11.00 a.m. local time. To register for this event please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Paris: with Bernard Hugonnier, Deputy Director of OECD Education and OECD PISA analysts Eric Charbonnier and Sophie Vaysettes at OECD headquarters at 11.00 a.m. local time. Journalists are also invited to attend an afternoon seminar with 100 students from French public and internationals schools, together with teachers, school directors and OECD experts. Starting at 14.00, participants will discuss the PISA findings and compare the experiences of different countries in improving their educational performance. To register for this event please contact: email@example.com
• Brussels: with Barbara Ischinger, OECD Director of Education, at an event hosted by The Lisbon Council at the Silken Berlaymont Hotel at 11.00 a.m. local time. To register for this event please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Mexico City: with OECD PISA analyst Marlène Gras Marin and head of the OECD Mexico Centre Jose Antonio Ardavin at the OECD Mexico Centre, 11.00 a.m. local time. To register for this event please contact: email@example.com
To obtain an embargo copy of the report, journalists should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some useful background reading:
>> Sample questions (PDF) from previous PISA tests on reading, maths and science
>> How PISA works (PDF): explanation of how PISA tests literacy in reading, maths and science.
Note to editors:
PISA is a collaborative effort undertaken by OECD countries and more than 30 other economies to measure how well students, at age 15, are prepared to meet the challenges they may encounter in future life. It provides insights into factors that influence the development of skills and attitudes at home and at school, and examines the implications for policy development.
More information on PISA is available at www.oecd.org/edu/pisa