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Find out how the 44 participating economies fared in the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving which looked at the ability of 15-year-olds to solve problems that they have never encountered before and for which a routine solution has not been learned. Try out sample questions.



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How many times have you heard successful people, in all walks of life, credit their triumphs to hard work and perseverance? Now PISA adds to the chorus with some hard evidence: when students believe that working hard will make a difference in their studies, they score significantly higher in mathematics. This month’s PISA in Focus examines how students’ perseverance and belief that hard work yields positive results are clearly linked to better performance.

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This is the first of a two-stage call for tender. It is for Core A: Design, development and implementation; and Core B: Test and questionnaire frameworks. 

Background documents for bidders are available here.

The second stage in April 2014 will be for Core C: Sampling; and Core D: Linguistic Quality Control.

The call for tender is published on http://www.oecd.org/callsfortenders.

Girls’ perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics determine how well they motivate themselves and persevere in the face of difficulties when learning mathematics. They also influence the choices   girls make about coursework, additional classes, and even educational and career paths. Many girls choose not to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics because they do not have the confidence in their ability to excel in mathematics, despite having the capacity and skills to do so.

Find out more in this PISA brief on genderAlso availabe in French

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.