September 2015

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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 third issue of our newsletter for 2015 delivers to you the key education findings and policy directions emerging from recent OECD analysis in a single accessible free source.

Students, Computers and Learning : Making the Connection
Information and communication technology (ICT) has revolutionised virtually every aspect of our life and work. Students unable to navigate through a complex digital landscape will no longer be able to participate fully in the economic, social and cultural life around them. Those responsible for educating today’s “connected” learners are confronted with challenging issues, from information overload to plagiarism, from protecting children from online risks such as fraud, violations of privacy or online bullying to setting an adequate and appropriate media diet. We expect schools to educate our children to become critical consumers of Internet services and electronic media, helping them to make informed choices and avoid harmful behaviours. And we expect schools to raise awareness about the risks that children face on line and how to avoid them. This report provides a first-of-its-kind internationally comparative analysis of the digital skills that students have acquired, and of the learning environments designed to develop these skills.

News roundup

OECD Skills Strategy Diagnostic Report: Spain
The OECD Skills Strategy Diagnostic Report: Spain is the product of a collaborative project with the Government of Spain for Building a more effective skills strategy for Spain. The report identifies 12 skills challenges for Spain with respect to the development, activation and effective use of skills.

Education and Skills Online Assessment
This assessment tool has been developed to be relevant to youth and adults of all ages, with the aim of providing individual-level results linked to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) measures of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.

A Skills beyond School Review of Costa Rica
In a sequence of more than 40 country studies, the OECD has been reviewing vocational education systems around the world since 2007. This report focuses on Costa Rica, where technical education is recognised as a key contributor to both economic development and social cohesion.

Education Policy Outlook: Country Profiles
The next set of Education Policy Outlook Country Profiles is to be published this autumn for Hungary, Japan, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Brazil. These country profiles examine the context, challenges and policy responses in the light of six policy levers that support improvement for students, institutions and the system.

School Resources Review
These policy reviews will provide analysis and advice on how to distribute, utilise and manage resources so that they contribute to achieving countries’ educational objectives to the fullest. Countries to be reviewed include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Kazakhstan and Slovak Republic.

Adult Learning and Skills
This OECD initiative, launched in 2015, explores key skills challenges emerging from The Survey of Adult Skills. The study will involve a sequence of country reviews and is primarily concerned with basic skills and adult learning. Look out for reviews of England and Finland later this year.

Thomas Alexander Fellowship
Do you have an idea about how to improve quality and equity in education in your country or region? The Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship Programme could give you the time and support you need to conduct research on that idea. Applications for the next round of fellows open on 30 October 2015.

Just Published

Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection
Based on results from PISA 2012, this report examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years.

Adults, Computers and Problem Solving
This report provides an in-depth analysis related to problem solving in technology-rich environments. The discussion considers policies that promote ICT access and use, opportunities for developing problem-solving skills in formal education and through lifelong learning.
OECD Skills Outlook 2015: Youth, Skills and Employability
The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach. The publication also presents examples of successful policies in selected countries.
Forthcoming Events

14-15 October, Singapore
OECD Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) Conference on Higher Education Futures

19-20 October, Helsinki
Global Education Industry Summit

22-24 November, Haarlem
PIAAC International Conference 2015

24 November, Belgium
Education at a Glance 2015: Annual Indicators

3-4 March, Berlin
6th International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP)

Policy Papers

PISA in Focus
• Is spending more hours in class better for learning?
• Can the performance gap between immigrant and non-immigrant students be closed?
• How have schools changed over the past decade?

Education Indicators in Focus
• What are the advantages today of having an upper secondary qualification?
• Focus on vocational education and training (VET) programmes
• Are education and skills being distributed more inclusively?

Teaching in Focus
• Teaching with technology
• Supporting new teachers

Adult Skills in Focus
• Does having digital skills really pay off?


Compare your country: PISA Digital Skills

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

Global perspectives on Education

Future shock: Teaching yourself to learn by Marilyn Achiron, Editor, Directorate of Education and Skills

Breaking down the silo: connecting education to world trends, by Tracey Burns, Analyst, Directorate of Education and Skills

Teachers in the digital world, by Kataryzna Kubacka, Analyst, Directorate of Education and Skills

Top tweets @OECD Edu
More Focus on #Skills: An interview w @EricHanushek & @SchleicherEDU #UniversalBasicSkills @CMRubinWorld click here
Effect of boys playing #videogames & not #reading? Gap widens w/girls in education #OECDPISA click here
Can the performance gap between immigrant and non-immigrant students be closed? #OECDPISA click here
Improving #youth skills and employability is everyone’s responsibility #OECDSkills Outlook click here
The better #technology gets, the more human imperfections matter | New on educationtoday click here

How can tech support new pedagogies with learners as active participants? Watch Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate of Education and Skills introduction to Global Education Industry Summit .
Working Papers

• Adults with low literacy and numeracy skills
• Evaluative thinking for successful educational innovation
• Fostering social and emotional skills through families, schools and communities
• PISA for development strand c

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