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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.



September 2015 edition


Totally wired. That’s our image of most 15-year-olds and the world they inhabit. But a new, ground-breaking report on students’ digital skills and the learning environments designed to develop those skills, paints a very different picture. Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection finds that, despite the pervasiveness of information and communication technologies (ICT) in our daily lives, these technologies have not yet been as widely adopted in formal education. And where they are used in the classroom, their impact on student performance is mixed, at best. September's PISA in Focus bores down deeper into the report to reveal a persistent disconnect between some students’ ability to read on paper and their ability to read on line.

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Student performance


Family background and education

Students' attitudes towards school and learning


Classroom environment

Education policies and student performance


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