5,370 students from 211 schools across Kosovo will take the PISA 2018 test during a period which begins today and will last until 5 May.
The test will start in southern municipality of Prizren to continue with other municipalities across Kosovo. Minister of Education, Shyqiri Bytyqi, called on trade union of teaching staff to cancel their announced strike for Friday, in order not to interrupt the PISA test. Bytyqi said that Kosovo schools are prepared for the PISA test, and every student has been informed on the importance of this test. The Ministry of Education has established a commission to raise awareness of students and teachers on the importance of the PISA test. Based on the results of the previous PISA test, taken in 2015, Kosovo was ranked among worst nations stirring reaction of education and experts on the level of education in the country.
Every three years beginning in 2000, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) measures the competencies of 15-year-old students in science, reading and mathematics. This year, half a million students in more than 80 countries around the world will take the PISA test. The results of the PISA 2018 will be published in December 2019.