PISA 2018

Since the summer of 2015, DIPF has been leading the development of the international questionnaires to be employed in PISA 2018. To this end, DIPF is collaborating with international experts and institutions: The project is coordinated by the “Educational Testing Service” (ETS) in Princeton, USA. ETS holds responsible for managing and running the assessment, which includes the development of an electronic platform for delivery of the assessment instruments.

Framework for PISA 2018

The theoretical framework concept for PISA 2018 was developed by Pearson. The framework concept specifies content areas that need to be covered by the questionnaires. It links up to politically relevant context areas that were already identified for PISA 2015. PISA 2018 will also focus on new areas, i.e. conditioning factors for reading competence and requirements for living and learning in international settings.

Based on the framework outlined above, DIPF has since August 2015 been engaged in developing questionnaires for students, teachers, principals and parents. These have since been discussed with the international expert groups, the OECD and participating states.


For PISA 2018, DIPF substantially cooperates with the University of Liège and Statistics Canada.

The director of the aspe Centre, Prof. Dominique Lafontaine, is an associated researcher at DIPF. Her project team has developed the parts of the questionnaire that specifically focus on conditions of developments in reading competence.

Statistics Canada supports DIPF in the implementation of questionnaires into the electronic platform.

Project development and the development of the electronic platform lie with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, USA.


2016: Translation of questionnaires into the participating states’ languages

2017: Testing and improvement of instruments

2018: Main study

2019: Results to be published