The PISA for Development (PISA-D) initiative was launched by the OECD and its partners in 2013 with aims to encourage and facilitate PISA participation by interested and motivated low and middle-income countries.
The project builds capacity for managing large-scale student learning assessment and using the results to support policy dialogue and decision making in participating countries: Bhutan, Cambodia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Senegal and Zambia.
PISA-D contributes to the monitoring and achievement of the Education Sustainable Development Goal, which emphasises quality and equity of learning outcomes for children, young people and adults.
Using the data collected from questionnaires, an analysis linking contextual information with student outcomes allows the country to:
- Gauge the state of education against the international standards.
- Ensure use of the results of the assessment for supporting national and international policy dialogue and decision-making.
- Build local and institutional capacities in terms of the standards and structures to implement large-scale education assessments.
- Provide opportunities for the participating countries to benefit from this experience and expertise and to join in efforts to contextualise the analysis and the implications to particular country contexts in a National Report.
- Countries also see where they stand in comparison to their regional and global peers: an opportunity for mutual learning and inspiration.
- Policy impact nationally, regionally and globally.
Recognizing the importance of participating in international benchmarking systems to check the state of education in the country against the international standards and acknowledging its need at the earliest, the Ministry of Education endorsed and signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for PISA participation on 12th January 2017 during the 18th National Education Conference in the presence of His Excellency Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay, the Prime Minister and Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, the Minister for Education.