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PISA 2018 Main Study

Jul 08 2020

Presentation College recently received positive feedback on its participation in the sample group of 157 schools which were assessed in the national PISA 2018 Main Study.


PISA, or the Programme for International Student Assessment, is an OECD study that examines the knowledge and skills of students aged fifteen in the areas of Reading Literacy, Science and Mathematics. It also gathers a wide range of contextual information from students, their parents, and school Principals. The sample group of schools for the PISA 2018 Main Study is nationally representative and takes into account structural, demographic and academically relevant characteristics.


In all, 5,577 Irish students participated in the PISA 2018 Main Study. In each school, a sample of up to forty-four students, all of whom were born in 2002, were assessed. In Presentation College, forty students took part.


PISA is carried out every three years and about eighty countries/economies take part. In Ireland, the study is managed by the Educational Research Centre on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.


In addition to the areas of Reading Literacy, Science and Mathematics, students were also surveyed on their use of digital technologies, their educational expectations, part-time work, caring responsibilities and wellbeing.


The PISA 2018 Main Study School Feedback, as provided by the Educational Research Centre, will prove very valuable and encouraging in our continuing School Self-Evaluation and School Planning processes.

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