July 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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This issue of our newsletter brings to you the key education findings and policy directions emerging from recent OECD analysis in a single accessible free source.

The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)
What teachers believe, how they work, and how they feel about the work they do

More than 100,000 teachers and school leaders at lower secondary level (for students aged 11-16) in 34 countries and economies took part in TALIS 2013. The survey, which offers a snapshot of who teachers are and how they work, gives policy makers – and teachers and school leaders too – a basis on which to build a first-rate teaching force.

If teachers are now expected to prepare students to become lifelong learners, TALIS tells us that they themselves need to develop professionally throughout their careers. With the understanding that education is the great equaliser in society, the challenge is to equip teachers with the skills they need – and the recognition they deserve – to provide high-quality learning opportunities for all of their students.

News roundup

Directorate for Education and Skills
Mr. Andreas Schleicher has been appointed Director of the Directorate for Education and Skills. He took up these duties on 19th May 2014. Andreas, a German national, joined the Organisation as an official in 1994, and has held the position of Deputy Director of the Education and Skills Directorate (EDU) since 2012 and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General since 2010.

Skills beyond Schools
In April we published the latest in our series of reports: A Skills beyond School Review of Israel. Additional reviews will be published in the coming months and the final synthesis report will be released in English on 13 November 2014 at the Skills Show in Birmingham, UK.

Evaluation and Assessment in Education
The latest review on the Netherlands provides, from an international perspective, an independent analysis of major issues facing the Dutch evaluation and assessment framework in education, current policy initiatives and possible future approaches. Available from 01 July 2014 on the OECD iLibrary.

Education Policy Outlook: Country Profiles
The Education Policy Outlook: Germany has just been published in German. It presents comparative analysis of education policies and reforms across Germany.

PISA for Development
Ecuador is the first country to sign a Participation Agreement with OECD for the PISA for Development project, which aims to enhance PISA’s instruments and make them more relevant for developing countries. In the next few weeks the OECD plans to sign similar agreements with Guatemala, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia.

Trends Shaping Education Spotlight
This spotlight examines how large urban environments provide more educational and career opportunities, better access to high quality health and emergency services, and a number of other positives.

OECD Skills Strategy
Norway is the first country to undertake a collaborative project with the OECD with the aim of applying the OECD Skills Strategy in practice. This diagnostic report identifies 12 skills challenges for Norway which were distilled from a series of interactive diagnostic workshops held with a range of stakeholders.

PISA 2012 Results: Students and Money
You are invited to attend a webinar with Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills to present the 2012 PISA findings on students’ financial Literacy Skills for the 21st Century When: 17:00 Paris time (GMT +2) on Thursday 10 July 2014.

Just Published
TALIS 2013 Results
The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is the largest international survey of teachers. This report presents the results of the second cycle of the TALIS survey conducted in 2013.
A Teachers' Guide to TALIS
This guide offers insights and advice to teachers and school leaders on how they can improve teaching and learning in their schools.
Forthcoming Events

18 June 2014
The OECD's Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning (ITEL) – Implications for Teachers’ Pedagogical Knowledge and Professionalism.

9 July 2014
Launch of the OECD PISA financial literacy assessment of students.

09 September, 2014
Launch of Education at a Glance (EAG) 2014.


Policy Papers

PISA in Focus
• Are grouping and selecting students for different schools related to students’ motivation to learn?
• Does pre-primary education reach those who need it most?

Education Indicators in Focus
• At what age do university students earn their first degree?
• How much time do primary and lower secondary students spend in the classroom?
• How much are teachers paid and how much does it matter?
Data

TALIS: data visualisation



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


Global perspectives on Education

The socio-economic divide in pre-primary education, by Marilyn Achiron, Editor, Directorate for Education and Skills

Are university students taking less time to graduate?, by Dirk Van Damme, Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, Directorate for Education and Skills

Education in the 21st Century: Five lessons from China, by Dr. Catherine Yan Wang National Institute of Education Sciences

OECD Education GPS: The world of education at your fingertips, by Jean Yip, Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills

Top tweets @OECD Edu
You mean you're not on (#school) holiday yet? | BBC News #OECDPISA click here
Navigating OECD’s work on #education with GPS | New on #OECDInsights Blog #OECDGPS click here
Brazilians rate #education as their top priority for a better life #more2life click here
Understanding #Employer Engagement in #Education, by A Mann of @Edu_Employers | educationtoday click here
2 inspiring #OECD Tohoku School students share their experiences on moving forward together click here
Multimedia

Watch short video presenting TALIS
Working Papers

Comparison of PIAAC and PISA Frameworks for Numeracy and Mathematical Literacy, by Iddo Gal and Dave Tout

Evaluating Measurement Invariance of TALIS 2013 Complex Scales, by Deana Desa

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