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Mar 7 -- The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) invites comments to OMB by April 7, 2022 regarding approval of the proposed 2022 Program for International Student Assessments (PISA).

The Program for International Student Assessments (PISA) is an international assessment of 15-year-olds, which focuses on assessing students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy. PISA was first administered in 2000 and is typically conducted every three years. The United States has participated in all of the previous cycles and planned to participate in 2021 in order to track trends and to compare the performance of U.S. students with that of students in other education systems. PISA is sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the United States, PISA is conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education.

In each administration of PISA, one of the subject areas (reading, mathematics, or science literacy) is the major domain and has the broadest content coverage, while the other two subjects are the minor domains. PISA emphasizes functional skills that students have acquired as they near the end of mandatory schooling (aged 15 years), and students' knowledge and skills gained both in and out of school environments. The next administration of PISA will focus on mathematics literacy as the major domain. Reading and science literacy will also be assessed as minor domains, with additional assessment of financial literacy. In addition to the cognitive assessments described above, PISA 2022 will include questionnaires administered to school principals and assessed students. To prepare for the main study, PISA countries will conduct a field test in the spring of the year previous, primarily to evaluate newly developed assessment and questionnaire items but also to test the assessment operations.

The request to conduct PISA 2021 main study recruitment and field test was approved in December 2019. This request: (1) Updates the package to reflect all of the changes made to respond to the global coronavirus pandemic, including delaying the field test that was previously scheduled for 2020 to 2021 and the main study data collection to 2022; (2) updates the field test recruitment materials and student video; (3) adds COVID-19 protocols; (4) replaces the state, district and school letters for the 2021 field test and 2022 main study; and (5) adds coronavirus pandemic-related items in the school and student questionnaires.

NCES PISA: https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/index.asp
OECD PISA: https://www.oecd.org/pisa/
PISA 2022 submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202203-1850-001 Click IC List for survey instrument, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FR notice inviting comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-04743
For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, the AEA Committee on Economic Statistics offers "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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