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  • Are low performers missing learning opportunities?


PISA  finds that most low performing students lack perseverance and tend to believe their efforts don't pay off. However, surprisingly they are more likely to participate in activities requiring numeracy skills such playing chess being members of a mathematics club. Find out more in May's edition of PISA in Focus

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Schools increasingly need to prepare young people for an interconnected world where they will live and work with people from different backgrounds and cultures. As a first step to understanding young people’s attitudes, values and knowledge of global issues, the OECD is currently working on a new test to be included in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). At the meeting of G7 Education Ministers that took place in Kurashiki, Japan, on 14 May, Ministers noted that this assessment may well provide a metric to measure progress in this area.

The PISA 2015 Assessment and Analytical Framework presents the conceptual foundations of the sixth cycle of the triennial assessment. Similar to the previous cycles, the 2015 assessment covers science, reading and mathematics, with the major focus on scientific literacy this cycle. Financial literacy is also evaluated as an optional assessment, as it was in 2012.A questionnaire about students’ background is distributed to all participating students.