From 2025, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) will include a foreign language assessment (FLA). The target language for 2025 will be English, while the assessment will focus on three skills (listening, reading and speaking). In addition, there will be a set of questionnaire modules for teachers, students, schools and parents as well as a system-level questionnaire to collect context and policy-relevant information. Since the decision to participate in the FLA is optional, this opportunity to talk with Dr Andreas Schleicher, the initiator and Director of PISA comes at an opportune time for ministries of education and other key stakeholders in the region.
He has undertaken research across many areas of language testing and assessment and has worked on the development and refinement of the socio-cognitive model of test development and validation since 2000. He regularly speaks at international conferences and has over 100 publications. He is the founding president of the UK Association of Language Testing and Assessment.