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PISA

PISA – Program for International Student Assessment

Project description

The international survey PISA is carried out every three years (since 2000) with 15 year olds in most of the member countries of the OECD and in numerous partner countries. It evaluates the acquisition of knowledge and essential know-how for daily life at the end of the period of obligatory education.

Switzerland chose the option of studying the population of students in the 9th year of education (national sample) as well as 15 year old students (international sample). The sample of 9th year students allows comparisons within the country between linguistic regions and, thanks to supplementary cantonal samples, between the cantons.

The three tested domains are reading, mathematics, and the sciences, with one of these the focus for each cycle. In 2000, main subject was reading, in 2003 it was mathematics, and in 2006 the sciences. The main subject was again reading in 2009 and mathematics in 2012. For PISA 2003, an additional theme was developed, that of problem solving ability.

Data access

The Swiss PISA data (9th grade) for 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012 and the corresponding documentation are available from FORS for interested researchers. The exhibit below provides the list of available datasets for each cycle. To access the data, please follow the instructions below.

The international PISA data (15 year olds) available from the PISA pages of the OECD.

PISA 2000

Main theme Reading
Datasets: Students / Schools (including the oversampling of BE, ZH and SG)Oversampling of the French-speaking part of Switzerland: Students / Schools
Oversampling: Berne (g), St Gallen, Zurich, Fribourg (f), Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais (f) and Vaud.

For 2000, the dataset of 15 year old students included in the international survey and supplemented with data collected uniquely in Switzerland is also available from FORS.

To access the data and for descriptions of the datasets, go to our catalogue in FORSbase at: PISA2000. You will need a FORSbase account to access the data.

PISA 2003

Main theme Mathematics
Datasets: Students / Schools
Oversampling: Aargau, Berne (g), St. Gallen, Thurgau, Valais (g), Zurich and all the French speaking cantons.

To access the data and for descriptions of the datasets, go to our catalogue in FORSbase at: PISA2003. You will need a FORSbase account to access the data.

The PISA 2003 data are also available as a Public Use Sample on the Nesstar Server of COMPASS at FORS.

PISA 2006

Main theme Sciences
Datasets: Students / Schools
Oversampling: All the French speaking cantons as well as the cantons Aargau, Basle-Land, Berne (g), St Gallen, Schaffhausen, Thurgau, Valais (g) and Zurich.

To access the data and for descriptions of the datasets, go to our catalogue in FORSbase at: PISA2006. You will need a FORSbase account to access the data.

The codebook is only available in German and French.

PISA 2009

Main theme Reading
Datasets: Students / Schools
Oversampling: Aargau, Appenzell A. Rh., Berne (g), Schaffhausen, St Gallen, Valais (g), Zurich, Tessin and all the French speaking cantons.

To access the data and for descriptions of the datasets, go to our catalogue in FORSbase at: PISA2009. You will need a FORSbase account to access the data.

PISA 2012

Main theme Mathematics
Datasets: Students / Schools
Oversampling: Aargau, Berne (g), Solothurn, St Gallen, Valais (g), Tessin and all the French speaking cantons.

To access the data and for descriptions of the datasets, go to our catalogue in FORSbase at: PISA2012. You will need a FORSbase account to access the data.