December 2015

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OECD Education and Skills Newsletter
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The last issue of our newsletter for 2015 brings to you the key education findings and policy directions emerging from recent OECD analysis in a single accessible free source.

Education at a Glance 2015: OECD Indicators
Education at a Glance 2015 reveals the rapid progress made in expanding education over the past 25 years, with around 41% of 25-34 year-olds now having a tertiary qualification. But inequalities still persist in education, with serious consequences for labour markets and economies. In 2014, less than 60% of adults without an upper secondary education were in work, compared to over 80% of tertiary-educated adults. Educational inequalities also affect earnings, with adults who have attained tertiary education 23 percentage points more likely to be among the 25% highest paid adults than adults with an upper secondary education. Inequalities in initial education continue to unfold throughout people's lives, notably in access to lifelong learning: about 60% of workers in the most skilled occupations participate in employer-sponsored education, while only 26% of workers in elementary occupations do.

Education at a Glance provides comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide. The report analyses the education systems of the 34 OECD member countries, as well as Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

News roundup

Helping immigrant students to succeed at school – and beyond
This brochure reveals some of the difficulties immigrant students encounter – and some of the contributions they offer – while settling into their new communities and new schools. They also summarise some of the policies governments can implement to help immigrant students integrate into their host societies. A full report will be published on 17 December 2016.

Global Education Industry Summit
Ministers and industry leaders from 22 countries came together for the first time in Helsinki to discuss and engage in issues about education and strategies for innovation. The next summit will be held in Israel in 2016.

The OECD-Singapore Higher Education Futures Conference
On the 14th and 15th October, the OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures was held on forward-looking themes in the global higher education landscape. In addition to the main event, there were satellite events on 13th and 16th October and post-conference activities on 16th October. The conference was successful and well attended with delegates from many different countries and backgrounds.

Open Educational Resources: A Catalyst for Innovation
Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials that make use of tools such as open licensing to permit their free reuse, continuous improvement and repurposing by others for educational purposes. This report aims to highlight state of the art developments and practices in OER, but also to demonstrate how OER can be a tool for innovation in teaching and learning.

Ensuring Quality in Cross-Border Higher Education
This book monitors the extent to which tertiary education stakeholders complied with implementing the UNESCO/OECD Guidelines in 2014. The guidelines were developed to help all stakeholders to minimise risks and strengthen the dynamics of openness, collaboration and transparency across countries.

OECD Skills Strategy
Korea was one of the first OECD countries to undertake a collaborative National Skills Strategy project with the OECD in 2013-14. The Diagnostic Report identifies the 12 skills challenges for Korea, and offers some concrete examples of how other countries are tackling similar skills challenges.

Skills beyond Schools
A Skills beyond School commentary of Canada has been released outlining the main features of the Canadian approach to postsecondary VET and comparing them with those of other countries.

Education Policy Outlook: Country Profiles
Four new country profiles on the education systems of Brazil, Hungary, Japan, and Poland providing a unique assessment of education policies reviewed in their current context, challenges and reforms.

OECD Reviews of School resources
The OECD Reviews of School Resources: Kazakhstan is the first country review to be published, followed by the OECD Reviews of School Resources: Flemish Community of Belgium in mid-December. OECD country review reports for Estonia and the Slovak Republic will be released in early 2016.

PISA for Development
The OECD and the World Bank released two recent reports: The Experience of Middle-Income Countries Participating in PISA 2000-2015 provides valuable lessons and insights based on the experiences of more than 40 PISA-participating countries; A Review of International Large-Scale Assessments: Assessing Component Skills and Collecting Contextual Data reviews the major international and regional large-scale educational assessments: large-scale international surveys, school-based surveys and household-based surveys.

PISA-Based Test for Schools
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) will partner with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the development and implementation of the 2016 OECD Test for Schools in the U.S. and serve as the International Assessment Platform Provider for the rest of the world beginning in Fall 2016.

Thomas Alexander Fellowship
The fellowship programme at the OECD serves to support individuals in conducting quantitative, evidence-based research on education, particularly in emerging economies. 18 fellowships have been awarded since 2012, the next round of applications closes on 17 December 2015.

Just Published

Education at a Glance 2015: OECD Indicators
The 2015 edition of the annual compendium provides data on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.

Schooling Redesigned: Towards Innovative Learning Systems
This report is a succinct analysis presenting original concepts and approaches, illustrated by concrete cases from around the world. It will be especially useful for those designing, researching or engaging in educational change, whether in schools, policy, communities or wider networks.
Starting Strong IV: Monotoring Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care
This new publication explores how countries can develop and use these systems to enhance service and staff quality for the benefit of child development. It offers an international perspective and concrete examples to help policy makers, monitoring experts and practitioners in the field develop their own monitoring policies and practices.
Adults, Computers and Problem Solving: What's the Problem?
The report provides an in-depth analysis of the results from the Survey of Adult Skills related to problem solving in technology-rich environments, along with measures concerning the use of ICT and problem solving.
Forthcoming Events

7 December 2015, The Hague, The Netherlands
Conference on Trust and Education

3-4 March 2016, Berlin, Germany
International Summit of the Teaching Profession

Policy Papers

PISA in Focus
• Who wants to becom a teacher?
• Can schools help to integrate immigrants?
• How confident are students in their ability to solve mathematics problems?

Education Indicators in Focus
• What are the benefits of ISCED 2011 classification for indicators on education?
• How do differences in social and cultural background influence access to higher education and the completion of studies?


Global perspectives on Education

Are American students overtested? Listen to what students themselves say, by Andreas Schleicher, Director, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills.

It's a matter of self-confidence, by Francesca Borgonovi, Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills.

Does social background thwart aspirations for higher education? by Dirk Van Damme, Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress division, Directorate for Education and Skills.

Top tweets @OECD Edu
The lack of a quality #education is the most powerful form of social exclusion @A_Gurria remarks at #OECDEAG launch click here
Migrants are assets not burdens to host country education systems @SchleicherOECD #migration click here
Have you seen our new tool to test adult literacy & numeracy skills? #OECDSkills click here
What are the 7 Learning Principles in Innovative Learning Environments? #OECDILE click here

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Working Papers

• Data Comparability in the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2008 and 2013 by Jia He, Katarzyna Kubacka

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