PISA 2018 Organization

Study director(s)

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

  • Overall management of contractors and implementation
  • Instrument development
  • Development of the computer platform
  • Survey operations and meetings
  • Scaling, analysis, and data products
Institutions and their responsibilities

The 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


International consortium

University of Luxembourg

  • Support with test development


Unité d’analyse des systèmes et des pratiques d’enseignement (aSPe) at the University of Liège, Belgium

  • Test development
  • Coding training for open-response items


International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), the Netherlands

  • Data management software


Westat, USA

  • Sampling
  • Survey operations


Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung (DIPF) in Germany, in cooperation with Statistics Canada

  • Development of the questionnaires


HallStat SPRL, Belgium

  • Translation referee


Pearson, United Kingdom

  • Development of the cognitive assessment frameworks for reading and global competence and of the framework for questionnaires


Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

  • Sampling software KeyQuest


cApStAn, Belgium, with BranTra

  • Linguistic quality control and the development of the French source version


Subject matter expert groups

These groups consist of world experts in each area:

  • PISA 2018 Reading Expert Group (7 members, plus 7 members in the extended group)
  • PISA 2018 Global Competence Expert Group (7 members in the first phase of development; 4 members in the second phase of development, plus 7 members in the extended group)


  • Design of the theoretical framework for the survey.


Questionnaire Expert Group (QEG)

The PISA 2018 QEG had 6 members, plus 8 members in the extended group, all selected by the PISA Governing Board.


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


National project managers

The PISA National Project Managers are appointed by their governments.


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


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E-mail: edu.pisa@oecd.org


PISA is exclusively financed through direct contributions from participating countries and economies’ government authorities, typically education ministries.

Editor(s) and author(s) of study-related gateway pages
  • Miyako Iked, Senior Analyst, OECD
  • Giannina Rech, Statistician, OECD