ISA Test Arrangements Summary 2013

What is the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA)?

The ISA assessment program is designed especially for students in international schools in Grades 3 to 10.  It is based on the internationally endorsed reading and mathematical literacy frameworks of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

We have a number of Trials and Tests for ISA coming up at GJIS this Semester.


An externally graded test that allows us to benchmark our school’s performance from year to year (in English and Maths). The trial tests are mainly for the company to calibrate their tests, and thus our students do not need to concern themselves about their result for that.

 Week 4 – ISA Trial Testing (Year 8,9,10)

All year 9s and year 10s will sit for either one of Maths Literacy or Reading (not both) on Tuesday during period 1. Teachers who normally teach those lessons will be required to help,  year 10 PE classes will be allocated a room.

We are conducting Trial eTesting for ISA Science – these will be sat by two classes of Year 8s and two classes of Year 10s. (In the computer room.)

Week 6 – ISA Testing (Year 7 & 10)

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of February all year 7 and Year 10 classes will sit for several ISA Tests (which we use for benchmarking) They will start at 7.45 in the morning after roll call and reading of the bulletin and will finish at 11.00am on Wednesday and 10.00am on Thursday. Students will immediately return to normal classes after that. All subject teachers may expect to be involved in this process.

We’ve tried to minimize and randomize the disruption to classes as much as possible.

 I have greater details to send, but I wanted to keep this first post short as possible. Please see me if you have any questions.

More information and sample questions can also be found on ISA’s website



About Pak Liam

Living, teaching and traveling in Asia.
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