A Unique Opportunity to Increase Rigor for All Students

To succeed in today's globally competitive era, students need to master rigorous academic content and develop key 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving. Unfortunately, instead of leading the way, the United States is falling behind. Helping students succeed at the global level requires new strategies. One tool now available is the OECD Test for schools (based on PISA). It allows schools to see for the first time where they stand compared to the world's best-performing education systems.

This benchmarking tool is a no-stakes voluntary assessment based on the PISA test given to 15 year olds in more than 70 countries. It measures how well students perform in science, math, and reading, and it assesses deeper learning and problem solving skills. The tool also features a student survey that can reveal important insights about student engagement and school culture and climate. Participating schools receive this survey data along with their scores in the form of a comprehensive 100-plus-page report. Approximately 450 high schools across the U.S., along with nearly 400 peers in Spain, Canada and the United Kingdom, have participated in this tool for learning and are benefiting from the rich results and insights they've received.


Members of the Global Learning Network share the importance of raising the bar for students and the benefits of being part of a national learning community.


Principal Teresa Johnson and her team talk about what they have learned from the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA).

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The resources below provide useful information regarding the OECD Test for Schools:

  • International Benchmarking. Allows individual schools to compare themselves to high-performing schools and systems worldwide.
  • A Richer Measure. Assesses knowledge of math, reading, and science, as well as key skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Manageable. A sample of between 85 (for most schools) and 49 (for small schools) 15-year-old students is needed.
  • Data Rich. Schools get detailed reports with an analysis of test results and student survey data.

Registration Details

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.

If you are interested in administering the assessment, please use the interest form.