Chandigarh city of Punjab is all set to introduce the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) in India for the very first time. The exam will be conducted for Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (NVs) and for the schools residing at the land of Union territory of Chandigarh. The exam will be held in year 2021 and a field trial will be conducted in 2020 to check the eligibility of the students if they are ready to appear for the examination.
PISA is an international test conducted for the age group students of 15 years to check their reading, mathematics and science literacy every 3 year. PISA also includes measures of general or cross-circular competencies such as collaborative problem solving. The exam is conducted by NCES (National Centre for Education Statics) at The United States. OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) an intergovernmental organisation for industrialised countries co-operates with PISA for the proper co-ordination in the test.
The proposal to conduct the PISA test in India was initiated by CBSE to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on March 6th this year. The relevance to conduct this examination as said by CBSE is “It is necessity now that ‘Assessment of learning’ must be augmented with ‘Assessment as learning’ and ‘Assessment for learning.’
The CBSE has already asked the Chandigarh schools to send the details of the students and teachers (born between Feb 1, 2004- January 31-2006) for their training purpose. The last date to submit the details is 22 April, 2019.