It should be noted that the RA Ministry of Education and Science has come up with a new initiative of internationalization of the educational system. Armenia will soon be a member of the PISA, an international assessment and analytical tool set up by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It allows comparing the national education system with education systems in other countries. The International Pupil Assessment Program (PISA) helps to identify problems and omissions of the national education system, which can be an effective basis for the development of the education policy.
According to education expert Serob Khachatryan, the PISA is conducted by testing knowledge and skills among 15 year-old pupils, with a test task assignment. PISA tasks are composed of 4 directions: reading, math, natural sciences and computer skills.
Although S. Khachatryan positively evaluates and attaches importance to becoming a member of the PISA program, he thinks it needs some time for Armenia to make progress in this area.
According to Arevik Ghazaryan, Associate Professor at YSU Pedagogy and Education Development Center, PISA is an international assessment and analytical tool.
“This program will allow comparing the national education system with other countries’ education systems as well as bringing it in line with international standards. Participation in the program is another attempt to integrate into the international arena, as a number of processes are being organized in the context of the reforms aimed at presenting themselves in a dignified manner in the international educational area,” - he added.
A. Ghazaryan noted that the PISA will help to identify the problems of the national education system and gradually correct them: “It will give pupils the opportunity to compare their knowledge with the knowledge of pupils from other countries, as well as to discover their own achievements and omissions,” - she emphasized.
According to the speaker, the computer knowledge check is both purposeful and right, as the child is using the computer to participate in this review.
Russia, Georgia, Turkey and Moldova are members of the system from the regional countries. A. According to A. Ghazaryan, Armenia does not have to stay away from neighboring countries, it is expedient that our country will also participate in the PISA survey.
It should be noted that more than 549 thousand students from 80 countries around the globe participate in the PISA. Until June PISA leadership has to decide on Armenia’s membership.
Members of the system are a number of leading countries - Singapore, Japan, Canada, USA, China, Finland, the Netherlands, Central Europe and Asia. Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Moldova and other countries are members of the system from the regional countries.