Waukee Students to Participate in International Study
Waukee High School students will have the opportunity to participate in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) Equating Study.
PISA is a survey conducted by the Organization for Economic and Community Development (OECD) every three years to measure the reading, mathematics and science skills of 15-year-olds around the world. It informs participating countries about the readiness of their young people for life beyond compulsory schooling. The PISA Equating Study will examine new assessment questions to assure that those questions accurately measure the knowledge and skills of students.
Waukee Superintendent, Dr. David Wilkerson, has been working with the Business Education Alliance for the past couple of years encouraging the administration of PISA to conduct a random sampling of Waukee High School students for the study.
January 26 about 140 of Waukee’s 15-year-old students will participate in the PISA Equating Study. Test Administration staff from Westat, a research company responsible for administering the assessment, will visit the school and administer the assessment, which lasts for 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Approximately 1,400 students from 12 school districts in central Iowa will participate in the PISA Equating Study. This assessment trial will allow test developers to modify or delete questions that are not working effectively.
All participating schools will be provided with a report of their results.