PISA in Focus


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




Students in 44 countries and economies took part in the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving which examined their ability to tackle real-life, interactive problems such as troubleshooting a malfuntioning MP3 player and planning a trip. Find out how they fared in this latest edition of PISA in Focus. See the full set of results.

Try out some problem-solving questions for yourself.

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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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See also: Education Indicators in Focus and Teaching in Focus