PISA 2012 Organization

Study director(s)

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) - Ray Adams, International Project Director

  • Overall management
  • Development of the mathematics framework
Institutions and their responsibilities

PISA Governing Board (PGB)


  • Representatives of OECD members and PISA associates (i.e., countries or economies that are not OECD members but have membership rights and obligations in regard to specific OECD bodies and programs)
  • Countries and economies that participate in PISA but do not have associate status are welcome to participate in PGB meetings as observers.
  • Representatives are appointed by their respective education ministries; the PGB chair is chosen by the board itself.


  • Determines the policy priorities for PISA
  • Oversees these policies during implementation of each PISA survey


National project managers

The PISA national project managers are appointed by their respective government.


  • Oversee the implementation of PISA in each participating country/economy


International consortium

Achieve (United States)

  • Development of the mathematics framework


The (other) Consortium partners


  • cApStAn Linguistic Quality Control (Belgium)
  • Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung (DIPF, Germany)
  • Educational Testing Service (ETS, United States)
  • Institutt for Lærerutdanning og Skoleutvikling (ILS, Norway)
  • Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN, Germany)
  • National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER, Japan)
  • The Tao Initiative: CRP - Henri Tudor and Université de Luxembourg - EMACS (Luxembourg)
  • Unité d’analyse des systèmes et des pratiques d’enseignement (aSPe, Belgium)
  • Westat (United States)


  • Design and implementation of the surveys


Subject matter expert groups

These groups consist of world experts in each respective area

  • PISA 2012 Mathematics Expert Group (10 members)
  • PISA 2012 Problem-solving Expert Group (8 members)
  • PISA 2012 Financial Literacy Expert Group (8 members)


  • Design of the theoretical framework for the survey


Questionnaire Expert Group (QEG)

The PISA 2012 QEG has 8 members, selected by the PISA Governing Board.


  • Leadership and guidance in the construction of the PISA context questionnaires

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PISA is exclusively financed through direct contributions from governmental authorities of the participating countries and economies, typically the education ministries.

Editor(s) and author(s) of study-related gateway pages

Francesco Avvisati, Analyst, OECD