December 2014

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OECD Education and Skills Newsletter
Bringing you the highlights from the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills
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The last issue of our newsletter for 2014 brings to you the key education findings and policy directions emerging from recent OECD analysis in a single accessible free source.

Innovation, Governance and Reform in Education
OECD economies have experienced a rapid transformation from industrial to knowledge-based systems. As a result, education is sometimes perceived as losing the race with technology and the soaring skills demand of 21st century economies and the many social changes of contemporary globalised societies. The evidence qualifies the image of education as being inherently innovation-averse with innovation certainly not yet systemic and often happening only in isolated pockets. In November, the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation brought together leading players to discuss the core concerns facing leaders and policy-makers with regard to innovation, governance and reform in education. Through dialogue we are deepening understanding of the transversal themes of systemic complexity, fostering trust, and promising approaches to accountability and evaluation in contexts of innovation with the hope of forging new policy directions for the future.

News roundup

Thomas Alexander Fellowship
The latest Call for Proposals for the Thomas J. Alexander fellowship programme closes on 19 December 2014. Please help us in passing on this new opportunity to those who might be interested.

Trends Shaping Education Spotlight
This spotlight looks at how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has developed rapidly over the past 40 years and the possible impacts it has on education itself. It analyses the role education plays in ensuring that everyone can reap the benefits of our technology-rich world.

PISA for Development
PISA for Development is an initiative of the OECD and development partners that aims to identify how PISA can best support evidence-based policy making in emerging and developing economies – and contribute to the UN-led definition of global learning goals for the post-2015 agenda. A report has just been published assessing capacity needs to the education sector of Zambia and a report on Senegal will follow shortly.

OECD Skills Strategy
The OECD Skills Strategy Action Report: Austria identifies 14 skills challenges for Austria which were distilled from two interactive diagnostic workshops held with a range of stakeholders.

Education Policy Outlook: Country Profiles
Following the publication of the country profiles for the Netherlands and Portugal, reports for the United Kingdom and Canada will follow in early 2015, providing an analysis of common challenges and policy lessons learnt in these countries.

Skills beyond Schools
The latest country reviews in the Skills beyond School series are South Africa, Netherlands and Kazakhstan.

PISA-Based Test for Schools
Secondary schools in the United Kingdom can now for the first time use the OECD PISA-Based Test for Schools as a school assessment tool. The OECD has accredited The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to deliver this test to schools and networks of schools throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Teacher Remuneration in Latvia
This report analyses, from an international perspective, the strengths and weaknesses of the school funding and teacher remuneration system and proposes a two-phase approach to reform.

PISA Technical Report
The PISA 2012 Technical Report describes the methodology underlying the PISA 2012 survey, which tested 15-year-olds’ competencies in mathematics, reading and science, and, in some countries, problem solving and financial literacy.

Just Published

New Insights from TALIS 2013: Teaching and Learning in Primary and Upper Secondary Education
This report offers a broader view of teachers and school principals across all levels of education.

Skills beyond School: Synthesis Report
This gives readers new international comparative information about innovation in education compared to other sectors.
Critical maths for Innovative Societies
Critical Maths for Innovative Societies looks at new approaches in designing and teaching mathematics problems that are suitable in 21st century education.
Forthcoming Events

22-23 January 2015
International Conference for the Education Policy Outlook 2015: Making reforms happen, London (Invitation only).

29-30 March 2015
International Summit on the Teaching Profession, Alberta, Canada

19 May 2015
Launch of Skills Outlook 2014 - Youth, Skills and Employability, Paris

Policy Papers

PISA in Focus
• Are disadvantaged students more likely to repeat grades?
• How is equity in resource allocation related to student performance?
• Do countries with high mean performance in PISA maintain their lead as students age?
• Does homework perpetuate inequities in education?

Education Indicators in Focus
• Who are the doctorate holders and where do their qualifications lead them?


Discover our data on the Education interactive GPS portal

• OECD Education GPS
• PISA International Database
• Education at a Glance raw data

Global perspectives on Education

Man with a mission, by Marilyn Achiron, Editor, Directorate for Education and Skills

Trust is all we need, by Lucie Cerna, Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills

Combatting bullying in schools, by Tracey Burns and Andrew Macintyre, Directorate for Education and Skills

Top tweets @OECD Edu
Countries where income #inequality is decreasing grow faster than those w/rising inequality click here
Knowledge is Infinite—Oil is Not: Why PISA Matters for the Arab World #OECDPISA click here
“#Learning from world's educational leaders: An OECD perspective on within-school variation, by @SchleicherEDU click here
Learning {Re}imagined: New book on the future of learning w @SchleicherEDU #LearningReimagined click here

Watch a short video in which Andreas Schleicher, Director for the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, presents the PISA-Based Test for Schools
Working Papers

• How Closely is the Distribution of Skills Related to Countries' Overall Level of Social Inequality and Economic Prosperity? by Dirk van Damme
• School size policies, by Macarena Ares Abalde
• Report on Social Desirability, Midpoint and Extreme Responding in TALIS 2013, by Fons J. Fons, R. Van de Vijver and Jia He
• Trust: What it is and Why it Matters for Governance and Education, by Lucie Cerna
• Steering from the Centre: New Modes of Governance in Multi-level Education Systems, by Harald Wilkoszewski and Eli Sundby
• Fostering and Measuring Skills: Improving Cognitive and Non-cognitive Skills to Promote Lifetime Success, by Tim Kautz, James J. Heckman, Ron Diris, Bas ter Weel and Lex Borghans
• Implementation of a New School Supervision System in Poland, by Grzegorz Mazurkiewicz, Bartłomiej Walczak and Marcin Jewdokimow

Job Vacancies

The OECD is looking for a dynamic and experienced analyst to direct the work on the PISA project. All qualified candidates of OECD member countries are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Sunday, Jan. 11 (midnight Paris time). We invite you to apply via our online system: click here

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