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PISA PISA 2003 Technical Report: (Edition complète ‐ ISBN 926401053X ‐ en angl. seulement)

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The PISA 2003 Technical Report describes the complex methodology underlying PISA 2003, along with additional features related to the implementation of the project at a level of detail that allows researchers to understand and replicate its analyses. It presents information on the test and sample design, methodologies used to analyse the data, technical features of the project and quality control mechanisms.


The first results from PISA 2003 were published in Learning for Tomorrow's World ‐ First Results from PISA 2003 (OECD, 2004) and Problem Solving for Tomorrow's World ‐ First Measures of Cross‐Curricular Competencies from PISA 2003 (OECD, 2004).


PISA is a collaborative process among the 30 member countries of the OECD and nearly 30 partner countries. It brings together scientific expertise from the participating countries and is steered by their governments on the basis of shared, policy‐driven interests. PISA is an unprecedented attempt to measure student achievement, as is evident from some of its features:

‐ The literacy approach: PISA aims to define each assessment area (mathematics, science, reading and problem solving) not mainly in terms of mastery of the school curriculum, but in terms of the knowledge and skills needed for full participation in society.

‐ A long‐term commitment: It will enable countries to monitor regularly and predictably their progress in meeting key learning objectives.

‐ The age‐group covered: By assessing 15‐year‐olds, i.e. young people near the end of their compulsory education, PISA provides a significant indication of the overall performance of school systems.

‐ The relevance to lifelong learning: PISA does not limit itself to assessing students' knowledge and skills but also asks them to report on their own motivation to learn, their beliefs about themselves and their learning strategies.

•Chapter 1. The Programme for Interntional Student Assessment: An Overview•Reader's Guide•Chapter 2. Test Design and Development•Chapter 3. The Development of the PISA Context Questionnaires•Chapter 4. Sample Design•Chapter 5. Translation and Cultural Appropriateness of the Test and Survey Material•Chapter 6. Field Operations•Chapter 7. Monitoring the Quality of PISA•Chapter 8. Survey Weighting and the Calculation of Sampling Variance•Chapter 9. Scaling PISA Cognitive Data•Chapter 10. Coding Reliability Studies•Chapter 11. Data Cleaning Procedures•Chapter 12. Sampling Outcomes•Chapter 13. Scaling Outcomes•Chapter 14. Outcomes of Coder Reliability Studies•Chapter 15. Data Adjudication•Chapter 16. Proficiency Scale Construction•Chapter 17. Scaling Procedures and Construct Validation of Context Questionnaire Data•Chapter 18. International Database•References
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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