How to Participate: Take the OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA)

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Global Learning Network (GLN). Schools and districts across the nation are invited to join the GLN through participation in the OECD Test for Schools (based on the internationally respected PISA exam). This voluntary exam is administered to a sample of 15-year-old students and enables individual high schools to benchmark their students’ performance against that of international peers. It is a unique assessment that measures students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and gathers information on student attitudes toward learning and perceptions of the school environment. America Achieves partnered with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to pilot this unique tool for learning in 2012 and discovered that pilot participants found the 100-plus page, rich reports that schools receive about their results to be incredibly valuable.


The OECD Test for Schools is now available to every high school in America, with more than 800 U.S.-based and international participant schools having administered the test to date. These participants are leveraging their results to inform and improve school-level practices across rural, suburban, and urban districts.


This opportunity is made possible through a strong partnership involving the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), creator of the international PISA exam and this PISA-based assessment; America Achieves, a non-profit accelerator that manages the Global Learning Network, generous philanthropic contributors; and, the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a global not-for-profit educational services organization and the official U.S. Test Service Provider for the OECD Test for Schools.