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Are students more engaged when schools offer extracurricular activities?

PISA in Focus is a series of concise monthly education policy-oriented notes designed to describe a PISA topic.

 The series is grouped according to topic. Click on the title of the theme to find all PISA in Focus editions related to that topic.


  • Are low performers missing learning opportunities? May 2016, français, Read the accompanying blog


    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 and being members of a mathematics club. Find out more in May's edition of PISA in Focus



Student performance


Family background and education

Students' attitudes towards school and learning


Classroom environment

Education policies and student performance


All PISA in Focus editions 


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