We will contribute to the implementation of the PISA study in Finland in 2022, as we did in 2018 and 2015. The Finnish Institute for Educational Research of the University of Jyväskylä has the main responsibility for implementing the study in Finland. In 2006 the University of Helsinki’s Centre for Educational Assessment had overall responsibility for the PISA study in Finland.
The PISA study for 2021 has been postponed to 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic (article in Finnish only). The main subject of assessment for the 2022 study is mathematical literacy. In this PISA round, we are responsible for the creative thinking component and for exploring equality in education.
The main subject of assessment for the 2018 PISA study was reading literacy. According to the initial results, published in December 2019, Finnish adolescents remain among the top of the OECD countries in terms of literacy. Also in mathematics, Finnish adolescents’ skills have remained on the level seen in 2015. In terms of scientific literacy, their skills have declined. In conjunction with the PISA study conducted in 2018, data on intensified and special support for learning and school attendance provided to Finnish students was collected for the first time. This component was coordinated by researchers at the Centre for Educational Assessment.
In addition to assessing the core areas (reading, mathematics and science), the PISA 2015 survey assessed collaborative problem-solving, with the Centre for Educational Assessment responsible for the analysis and reporting related to the results in this area.
Finnish students fared extremely well in the assessment. Globally, Estonia and Finland were the only European countries placed in the top 10. Differences between schools and those caused by students’ backgrounds were smaller than in the core assessment areas. In fact, educational equality appears to have been achieved quite well in terms of these skills linked with broad-based competence. However, the difference between girls and boys was the largest in the world, partly explained by the central importance of reading literacy in assignments measuring collaborative skills.
In 2006 the University of Helsinki’s Centre for Educational Assessment had overall responsibility for the PISA study in Finland. The main subject of assessment for the 2006 study was scientific literacy.