How do students who had attended pre-primary school perform later on? Results from PISA 2009 couldn’t be clearer: in nearly all OECD countries, 15-year-olds who had attended pre-primary school performed better in reading than those who had not. And the benefits accrue to all students, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds.


The first issue of a new monthly OECD series, PISA in Focus, offers a brief discussion on the benefits of pre-primary education. And you can find related information at, and