March 2015

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OECD Education and Skills Newsletter
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The first 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.

The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour and Confidence
Given equal opportunities, boys and girls, men and women have an equal chance of achieving at the highest levels. But new gender gaps in education are opening. Young men are significantly more likely than young women to be less engaged with school resulting in low skills and poor academic achievement. They are also more likely to leave school early, often with no qualifications. This latest PISA report explores how to close the new gender gaps opening up within education, underlining that a concerted effort by parents, teachers, policy makers and opinion leaders is needed if both boys and girls are to be able to realise their full potential and contribute to the economic growth and well-being of their societies.

News Roundup

Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills
To launch this new report, a half-day seminar was held at the OECD headquarters in Paris on 10 March, opened by Stefan Kapferer, Deputy Secretary General. Education policy-makers, practitioners and researchers from OECD and key partner countries were invited to discuss "what works" in promoting social and emotional skills for children's well-being and social progress.

Skills beyond Schools
The latest country review in the Skills beyond School series is Egypt and examines what type of training is needed to meet the needs of a changing economy, how programmes should be funded, how they should be linked to academic and university programmes, and how employers and unions can be engaged.

A Strategic Approach to Education and Skills Policies for the United Arab Emirates
This report has an important message for the United Arab Emirates and many of its neighbours: the wealth that lies hidden in the undeveloped skills of their populations is far greater than what they currently reap by extracting wealth from natural resources. The report is part of the OECD’s ongoing work on building effective national and local skills strategies.

PISA for Development
This OECD initiative 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. Participating countries include Ecuador, Guatemala, Senegal and Zambia, with both Cambodia and Paraguay currently negotiating participation.

Thomas Alexander Fellowship
We are pleased to announce the awards for the Thomas J. Alexander Fall 2014 Call for Proposals: Alper Dincer (Turkey), Jia He (China), Antonio Villar (Spain) and Anna Katyn Chmielewski (United States). The next call for proposals will run from 5 April to 24 May 2015.

TALIS 2018
The OECD is now planning for TALIS 2018 and would like to hear from countries that are interested in participating. Call for Tender is now open and will close on 15 April 2015. Please help us in passing on this information to those who might be interested.

Education and Skills Webinar Series
Andreas Schleicher, Director of the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD, will present a webinar on Schools for 21st-Century Learners: Strong Leaders, Confident Teachers, Innovative Approache, the background report, prepared by the OECD, for the fifth International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP2015) which is being held in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The password to register for the webinar is OECDEDU.

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

Education in Indonesia: Rising to the Challenge
Having made impressive progress in widening access to basic education, Indonesia must now consolidate these gains and develop an education system to support the needs of the economy in its transition towards high-income status. This report will be launched by Angel Gurria, the Secretary General at the OECD, on 26 March 2015.

Inclusive Innovation in Education
In education, many innovative efforts around the globe try to provide underprivileged populations with access to better quality education and educational resources. Presentations from the International Conference on Innovative Efforts for Universal Quality Education held in 2014 in New Delhi are now available.

Education Governance
In February 2015, the Governing Complex Education Systems team co-hosted an international conference with the Ministry of Education and Research in Tallinn. Representatives from 20 countries across the OECD gathered to discuss important issues that included comparing country data systems and sharing challenges around the use of data.

Trends Shaping Education Spotlight
This spotlight looks at how families in the OECD are changing. It examines a series of questions this poses for education: Do our education systems offer the necessary support for children growing up in modern families? To what extent should schools be responsible for what have traditionally been thought of as “family matters”? And does family composition have any effect on education performance?

Just Published

The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour and Confidence
This report provides new data and analysis from the OECD’s PISA survey to examine the reasons for and impact of the different performances of girls and boys at school and what parents, teachers and employers can do to narrow the gender gaps.

Education Policy Outlook 2015 Making Reforms Happen
This book addresses the need for improvement in education in a comparative manner, while taking into account the importance of national context. Through a review of different countries’ experiences in implementing education reform it offers directions and strategies to facilitate future changes.
Skills for Social Progress The Power of Social and Emotional Skills
This report presents a synthesis of the OECD’s analytical work on the role of socio-emotional skills and proposes strategies to raise them. It analyses the effects of skills on a variety of measures of individual well-being and social progress, which covers aspects of our lives.
Forthcoming Events

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

Policy Papers

PISA in Focus
• Does Math Make You Anxious?
• How has Student Performance Evolved Over Time?

Education Indicators in Focus
• How Much Time Do Teachers Spend on Teaching and Non-teaching Activities?
• Are Young People Attaining Higher Levels of Education than their Parents?
• What are the earnings advantages from Education?
• Learning Begets Learning: Adult Participation in Lifelong Education?


Compare your Country: PISA Gender Study

• OECD Education GPS
• PISA International Database
• Education at a Glance Raw Data
• ISCED 2011 Operational Manual
Jointly prepared by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the OECD and Eurostat, this operational manual provides updated guidelines for classifying national education programmes and related qualifications.

Global perspectives on Education

Boosting growth through better foundation skill, by Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate for Education and Skills

Who enjoys the opportunity to be better educated than their parents? by Dirk Van Damme, Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress division, Directorate for Education and Skills

The sustainability of the UK’s higher education system by Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate for Education and Skills

A shared aspiration by Alfonso Echazarra, Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills

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Education systems have made major strides to close gender gaps in student performance but girls and boys remain deeply divided in career choices, which are being made much earlier than commonly thought, according to a new OECD report.
Working Papers

• Skills and Wage Equality: Evidence from PIAAC, by Marco Paccagnella
• Reforming Education Governance Through Local Capacity-building, by Marius Busemeyer and Janis Vossiek
• Student Behaviour and Use of Class Time in Brazil, Chile and Mexico: Evidence from TALIS 2013, by Gabriela Moriconi and Julie Bélanger

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