PISA 2015: EU performance and initial conclusions regarding education policies in Europe

The OECD PISA Survey (Programme for International Student Assessment) is a key international educational assessment that has sparked educational reforms across participating countries and economies since the launch of the results of the first assessment that took place in 2000. The 2015 round of the PISA survey was carried out in 28 EU Member States – the first time that all EU Member States are covered, 72 countries and economies worldwide.

The results of this sixth, 2015 round of PISA was officially presented on 6 December in a joint Commission/OECD event in Brussels.

Like in previous rounds of the survey, the PISA 2015 final report offers key insights into the performance of school systems, at the EU level, in EU Member States and in a broader global context. It provides new evidence on students’ competences in science, reading and maths and their development in participating countries over time. This way, participating countries and economies can assess the success of their recent education policy reforms and identify the need for further activities.

Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport said:

“Basic Skills are crucial for success not only in school, but also later in life, in further education and in the labour market. Too many young Europeans are not sufficiently well prepared for the challenges of modern, highly innovative societies. We must continue to support Member States in overcoming disadvantages related to social or immigrant background. High quality early childhood education and care play an important role here, just like good teacher education and training. I strongly believe that determined action today will contribute to reducing social exclusion tomorrow and to building a socially cohesive European society.”

For EU Member States, PISA is a prominent source of information for the ET2020 strategic framework, the Europe 2020 strategy and the European Semester, where it is widely used in the fields of reading, mathematics and science and especially low achievers.

EU Policy Note

PISA 2015 - EU Policy Note

PISA 2015: EU performance and initial conclusions regarding education policies in Europe

The EU Policy Note on the PISA 2015 results presents the findings with regard to the low achievers benchmark with regard to developments over time, differences by gender, socio-economic status and immigrant background and points to implications for education and training policies.