PISA 2015 Organization

Study director(s)

Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the United States - Irwin Kirsch, International Project Director

  • Overall management of contractors and implementation
  • Development of the computer platform
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.


  • Determination of policy priorities for PISA
  • Oversight of these policies during implementation of each PISA survey


National project managers

The PISA National Project Managers are appointed by their respective government.


  • Oversight of implementation of PISA in each participating country/economy


International consortium

Pearson, United Kingdom

  • Development of assessment frameworks


Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor (CRP-HT) in Luxembourg:

  • Development of the computer platform


Westat, USA

  • Survey operations
  • Sampling


Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

  • Samping


Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung (DIPF) in Germany

  • Focused on the questionnaire frameworks and questionnaire development


Statistics Canada

  • Focused on the questionnaire frameworks and questionnaire development


The other consortium partners


  • cApStAn Linguistic Quality Control (Belgium)
  • University of Luxembourg
  • University of Heidelberg
  • Center for Educational Technology (Israel)
  • Unité d’analyse des systèmes et des pratiques d’enseignement (aSPe) at the University of Liège (Belgium)
  • International Association for Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in the Netherlands
  • HallStat SPRL (Belgium)

The members of this group focused on instrument development, scaling, and analysis and performed (either individually or together with other members) tasks such as

  • Linguistic quality control
  • Test development
  • Coding training for open-constructed items
  • Providing data management software
  • Acting as translation referee


    Subject matter expert groups

    These groups consist of world experts in each area

    • PISA 2015 Science Expert Group (8 members + 8 members in the extended group)
    • PISA 2015 Collaborative Problem-solving Expert Group (6 members + 8 members in the extended group)


    • Design of the theoretical framework for the survey


    Questionnaire Expert Group (QEG)

    The PISA 2015 QEQ has 11 members, selected by the PISA Governing Board.


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

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    E-mail: edu.pisa@oecd.org


    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