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Thanks a lot, Lars. I agree that the ICR is well worth reading for those who want to find out what might be driving Vietnam's PISA success. I equally recommend reading the recent Young Lives paper on a school survey in Vietnam with an assessment of children in grade five. The paper demonstrates the remarkably small variation in indicators of quality inputs (including teacher competencies)between schools in richer and poorer parts of the country and the fact that poorer and ethnic minority children catch up with their peers in the command of grade five curriculum content over the course of the school year. Followers of the Young Lives project might perhaps have predicted that Vietnam would perform well in PISA: Vietnamese children at various ages outperformed their peers in the other Young Lives countries, India/Andhra Pradesh, Ethiopia and Peru. Read the paper here: (