PISA testing in Serbia completed

Telenor Foundation provides 70 laptop computers for first electronic testing

May 28, 2012 – More than 5,250 pupils of 155 high schools across Serbia took part in this year's Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the largest international study in the field of education. Owing to the Telenor Foundation, more than 2,000 pupils took test in electronic form via computers for the first time.
The results of this testing are one of the most reliable trend indicators not only in the field of education but the entire society as well.
Dr Dragica Pavlović Babić, PISA coordinator for Serbia has said that schools' response when it comes to participation in testing was excellent. Teachers, pupils and parents all took part, whereas testing included all types of schools in all Serbian regions.
“Associates in schools did everything in their power to conduct testing in accordance with internationals standards and to provide the best possible working environment to pupils. Pupils who participated in electronic testing showed highly positive and motivated approach. We are grateful to the Telenor Foundation which procured 70 laptop computers, having in mind that electronic testing greatly contributed to the project’s success. We hope to achieve good results in all three tested categories,” says Dr Dragica Pavlović Babić.
PISA tests are organised once in three years with an aim to enable participating countries to make strategic decisions related to their education system based on empirical data on pupils’ achievement and their schooling environment. Tests assess knowledge pupils have acquired during their education. The PISA accentuates functional knowledge and evaluates three categories – reading, mathematical and scientific literacy.
“We believe that projects such as this one are very important for further development of the society, which has been one of our strategic goals since the establishment of the Telenor Foundation. We seek to dedicate special attention to young people through numerous projects, to invest in talented individuals in Serbia, in their education and professional development. Investments in education are at the same time investments in a better future of children and youth, whilst PISA testing is one of the methods to gain insight into educational capacities of our country, Telenor External Affairs Manager Ivana Vranjican explains.
Each country taking part in this testing will receive the results on average achievements of pupils in each tested category. Apart from knowledge tests, there are pupil and school questionnaires gathering data on different factors that might affect their achievements.
PISA testing in Serbia has been conducted under the auspices of the Education and Science Ministry and realised by the Psychology Institute of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. This year’s results will be included in the OECD’s report on all tested countries in December 2013. Serbia joined PISA testing in 2001.