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PISA 2015: Competencies of German Fifteen-Year-Old Students internationally compared

6. December 2016

Germany participated again in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assessment that was originally introduced by the OECD. This year, the natural sciences were a key focus.

PISA surveys have been carried out since 2000 in order to determine the competencies of 15-year-olds in the key subjects of literacy, mathematics and science. Besides the 35 OECD states, 37 other partner states and regions also participated in PISA 2015. For the first time, the survey was completely computerized for Germany as well as for 56 other countries. Besides science literacy which was assessed for the second time after 2006, mathematical and literacy competences were also assessed.

PISA 2015 was carried out and assessed in Germany by the German
Centre for International Student Assessment (ZIB), which is associated with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the German Institute for International Educational Research and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN).