The focus of PISA 2003 is on mathematical literacy, with reading literacy and science being included but at a less in-depth level. In addition, an assessment of problem-solving skills is included as a new element.
Data for PISA 2003 was collected in the spring of 2003 from representative samples of 15-year old students in the more than 40 countries participating in the study. Students were administered tests in mathematics, science, and reading designed to assess their levels of literacy in these fundamental areas.
Victor Glickman, Director of Edudata Canada at UBC, is also a Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network Researcher and Core Facility Leader. Victor assembled a group of highly qualified individuals working under the general direction of Edudata to enter this international competition. The members of the Edudata PISA 2003 group have extensive experience in policy research, large-scale survey research (including PISA), and statistical analysis. The Educational Policy Project Team is made up of: David Robitaille (University of British Columbia) - Mathematical Literacy: Student Performance and Engagement; Robert Crocker (Memorial University) - Teaching and Learning Strategies; Ben Levin (University of Manitoba); Network partners committee member; and Dr. Charles Ungerleider (University of British Columbia).
Christian Monseur (University of Liege, Belgium) heads the Edudata data analysis team. Team members include: Kadriye Ercikan (University of British Columbia); John Anderson (University of Victoria); Maria Trache (Edudata Canada); and Scott Murray and Fernando Cartwright (Statistics Canada).
Edudata Canada provides information and data knowledge mobilization services for institutions and organizations that wish to promote the secondary use of their data in research and in the teaching and learning community. As an information broker, they offer expertise in accessing data and conceptualizing, constructing and hosting knowledge systems for institutional data collections, and conveying that knowledge through searchable, Web-accessible portals and secure data download centres. To find out more, visit Edudata Canada at http://www.edudata.educ.ubc.ca/index.htm .