New Delhi: India is preparing to take an international school student assessment test in 2021, more than a decade after finishing 72nd among 73 countries that took the same PISA test in 2009, beating only Kyrgyzstan .
Organized every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for its members and partner countries, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) aims to assess the key knowledge and skills of students aged 15 years in math, science and reading.
Sources at the Human Resources Development Department (HRD) said the country’s preparations for the PISA 2021 test have already started, with teachers and students in participating schools being trained to the test’s standards.
A team of PISA officials will also conduct a test run at participating schools in 2020, the sources said.
“We have asked the authorities, and the questionnaires for the students will be in both Hindi and English for the convenience of Indian students. Teachers and students will also be trained according to the test models, ”said an official from the HRD ministry who declined to be named.
Schools will place special emphasis on improving students’ math skills. The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) prepares course material for this purpose.
“We have seen that math is an area where most students lag behind, which is why we are also working on course material for math,” said an NCERT official, who declined. to be named.
Around 1.75 lakh of students from Chandigarh public schools, 600 Navodaya Vidyalayas and 3,000 Kendriya Vidyalayas will take the three-hour PISA test.
What is the PISA test
PISA is a globally standardized test designed to assess the reading, math and science skills of students aged 15, an age when they are typically nearing the end of their school years.
PISA tests the functional skills that students have acquired in the subjects at that time.
OECD introduced the PISA test in 2000, and has performed it every three years since.
Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, Finland and Macau remained the best scores on the PISA test. In 2015, Singapore was the best performing country in all three disciplines: math, science and reading.
The 2018 results will not be published until next month.
India at PISA
India has only taken part in the PISA test once – in 2009. After a terrible performance, India stayed away from the test in 2012 and 2015.
In 2016, a committee was formed by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), under the auspices of the Ministry of HRD, to assess whether India was ready to participate again. The committee recommended India’s participation in the 2018 test cycle, but the deadline was passed by the time things could be finalized.
It was then decided that India would participate in the 2021 cycle. In January of this year, the ministry signed a pact with the OECD. Students from Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh were tested the last time India participated in PISA.
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