India to compete in PISA 2015

After the catastrophic performance of Indian students in 2012 edition of Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). There is a lot of commotion that could lead Indian candidates to reappear for the test conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. It measures student performance in Arithmetic, Reading, and Science literacy. More than 70 countries and economies have taken part in PISA so far and the surveys . Conducted every 3 years, each PISA data cycle assesses one of the three core subject areas in depth. Assessing all three subjects every 3 years allows countries to have a consistent source of achievement data in each of the three subjects while rotating one area as the primary focus over the years. Science is the major subject area in 2015

According to the a statement from NCERT official, “It is at a preliminary stage but we think India should join PISA. First time result was disheartening but that would only help us in futureâ??.

After 2012 PISA, Human Resource Development Ministry had decided that India will no longer participate in the survey .  Now with a change of mood, the Ministry seems to be in full accordance with the Indian participation in the survey. Keeping in mind both the pros and cons, an official said  “How does it matter that Shanghai children did better than those from India? Such results will only help us improveâ??, adding there is strong need for India to join PISA.