In afwachting van de nieuwe PISA-ronde, is er een nieuwe PISA in Focus, waarbij in 4 landen gekeken wordt naar de relatie tussen de prestaties die vijftienjarigen deden in 2000 en 2003 en hun latere prestaties als volwassene:
- Four countries – Australia, Canada, Denmark and Switzerland – followed the students who sat the PISA 2000 or 2003 tests in the transition to adulthood.
- In all four countries, students who scored in the top quarter in the PISA reading assessment at age 15 were much more likely to have completed university by about age 25 compared to students who scored below them. High-performing 15-year-olds were also less likely to be out of the labour force and education by about age 25.
- In Canada and Denmark, performance in PISA explains almost half of the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged youth in the employment rates of skilled workers amongst 25-year-olds.
- PISA respondents who expected to work in a high-skilled job were between 10 (in Switzerland) and 40 (in Denmark) percentage points more likely to be doing so as young adults, compared to those who did not hold the same expectations when they were 15.