PISA? OH, PLEASE-A: Remember when many were flipping out about the 2012 U.S. PISA scores a few months ago? There’s a bit of optimism surfacing now. Yesterday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development announced that 15-year-old U.S. students scored above the OECD average on PISA’s first-time problem-solving exam. The full report (found here) suggests that U.S. students may be better-equipped to apply knowledge in real-life situations than “straightforward tasks,” the NY Times reports. But keep in mind: countries including South Korea, Finland, and Australia still outperformed the U.S. on the test.