Pearson has won a bid from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that will make the company responsible for the framework for the 2018 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
The updates will include how well teenagers can assess the credibility of information found online.
According to a news release, PISA is used across the globe as a “benchmark for evaluating education systems worldwide by assessing the skills and knowledge 15-year-old students will need in their further academic education or for joining the workforce.”
The assessments are used every three years in 70 countries. In 2012, around 510,000 students, in representation of 28 million worldwide, took the assessments. Most students will begin taking the exam on a computer starting with next year’s round of testing.
“The frameworks define what will be measured in PISA 2018, how this will be reported and which approach will be chosen for the development of tests and questionnaires,” according to information released by Pearson.
The assessment will see an overhaul over the next four years in order to include the “digital environment.”
The main goals for the new frameworks will include a new definition of reading literacy that considers how students are taught to think about digital materials, such as the credibility of a website; a review of math and science frameworks; a student questionnaire that will gain information pertaining to contextual information and education outcomes that may have an affect on performance; and a framework for global competence that will consider student awareness of “the interconnected world” as well as their ability to handle the demands that accompany it.
“PISA 2018 has the potential to be the start of a new phase of our international assessments,” said Andreas Schleicher, head of the PISA program at the OECD, in a prepared statement. “We can now make much smarter use of technology in how we test young people, and we need global competence as governments around the world seek to equip young people with the skills they need for life and employment.”
The global competence framework is the newest addition to the assessment, which has traditionally measured abilities in reading, math and science.
PISA has been used to test the reading abilities of 15-year-olds worldwide since 2000. The assessment is used in global rankings of national school systems.
The highest results of the last assessment were found in Shanghai, amid claims that the city was not representative of schools from other parts of China. While there are no plans to include a single China entry for the assessments in the global rankings, the OECD did say that more regions will participate in the next round.
As a result, the Department of Education in England announced it will recruit 60 Shanghai math teachers to provide master classes in teaching math for participants in England.