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Can PISA results predict predict the quality of a labour force one decade later? To find out we compared some of the results from the PISA 2000 and PISA 2003 tests with results from the OECD's 2012 Survey of Adult Skills. As we explain in this month's PISA in Focus we found that those countries where 15-year-old students achieved high scores in PISA were also the countries whose populations of young adults scored at high levels of proficiency in literacy and numeracy a decade after they had participated in PISA.

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Who has more up-to-date textbooks: students in wealthier schools or students in poorer schools? Actually, it depends where you live. As this month's PISA in Focus explains, no only are some countries better than others in allocating their educational resources more equitably across schoos, but students in these countries generally perform better in mathematics.

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Successive rounds of PISA have found that grade repetition shows no clear benefit, either for individual students or for school systems as a whole. It is also an expensive way of handling underachievement, since the students who are left back are more likely to drop out of school entirely, or stay longer in the school system and so spend less time in the labour force.

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Would you rather choose where to send your child to school or have the decision made for you based on where you live? Many parents would rather choose, in the belief that with choice comes the chance of getting a better education for their child. But results from PISA find that education systems do not necessarily benefit as a result.

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Find out how the 65 participating economies fared in the latest PISA survey in 2012 which focused on mathematics. Discover which education systems have improved over time, how equitable they are and how boys compare to girls, both in their performance and in their attitudes towards learning maths.

More than 510,000 students took part in this latest PISA survey, representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally.

These PISA results reveal what is possible in education by showing what students in the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems can do.