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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 second issue of our newsletter for 2016 delivers to you the key education findings and policy directions emerging from recent OECD analysis in a single accessible free source.

Skills Matter: Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills
This report expands on the data and analysis examined in the OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills by including data from nine additional countries that conducted the survey in 2014-15. The results show that poor skills severely limit people's access to better-paying and more rewarding jobs. The distribution of skills also has significant implications for how the benefits of economic growth are shared within societies. Put simply, where large shares of adults have poor skills, it becomes difficult to introduce productivity-enhancing technologies and new ways of working, which in turn stalls improvements in living standards. Importantly, the results show that skills affect more than earnings and employment. In all countries, adults with lower skills are far more likely than those with better literacy skills to report poor health, to perceive themselves as objects rather than actors in political processes, and to have less trust in others.

News roundup

The Skills Summit 2016
Ministers and officials representing a diverse range of portfolios - gathered in Bergen, Norway, for the first Skills Summit on 29-30 June 2016. The OECD Centre for Skills was launched at the summit, which will support countries in developing and implementing better skills policies based on a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach by using the OECD Skills Strategy framework.

Higher Education Benchmarking
The OECD's Education Policy Committee launched new work to help countries enhance the performance of their higher education systems. This work will strengthen the comparative evidence base on higher education, enabling the analysis of higher education system performance and the identification of effective strategies to enhance performance.

Global Competency for an Inclusive World
This brochure describes the OECD's proposal for the PISA 2018 Global Competence. It represents a new, ambitious and still experimental approach to global competence which the OECD has developed in consultation with the international community of experts and which could provide a starting point for the PISA 2018 assessment. In particular, its emphasis on attitudes and values is novel in comparative assessment.

PISA 2015 Assessment and Analytical Framework
The PISA 2015 Assessment and Analytical Framework presents the conceptual foundations of the sixth cycle of the triennial assessment. The 2015 assessment covers science, reading and mathematics, with the major focus on scientific literacy this cycle. Financial literacy is also evaluated as an optional assessment, as it was in 2012. Seventy-one countries and economies, including all 34 OECD countries, participated in the PISA 2015 assessment.

OECD PISA Learning Community
The OECD PISA Learning Community provides teachers, school administrators, parents, students and policy makers with a look inside the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, a worldwide study that measures 15-year-olds' real-world skills in reading, mathematics and science.

Education Policy Outlook: Country profiles
Four new country profiles have been added to the series on the education systems of Estonia, Iceland, Israel, Luxembourg and Slovenia providing a unique assessment of education policies reviewed in their current context, challenges and reforms.

Netherlands 2016: Foundations for the Future
This report draws on international experience to look at ways in which the strong Dutch school system might go further still on the path to excellence. The review aims to further advance the quality and equity of the Dutch system, as well as maintain and build on its current strengths.

Education in Latvia
This national policy review for Education in Latvia covers the whole education system from early childhood education and care to tertiary education and provides an assessment of Latvia's policies and practices against the best approaches in education and skills across the OECD.

Education in Colombia
This national policy review for Education in Colombia assesses it's policies and practices against the best approaches in education and skills from across the OECD. It analyses its education system's major strengths and the challenges it faces, from early childhood education and care to tertiary education.

OECD Reviews of School Resources
A review of Austria was published in early June provides a number of policy options to improve the efficiency and equity of schooling. It suggests a focus on reforming current school governance and financing arrangements by aligning financing and spending responsibilities, exploring different ways to introduce needs-based formula funding and monitoring resource flows to create greater transparency. OECD Reviews of School Resources for the Czech Republic and Denmark will be the next to be released this year.

Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship
The Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship programme in partnership with the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality, hosted a symposium titled From Inclusion and Equity in Education to Social and Economic Prosperity. The symposium helped to broker a dialogue between civil society, researchers and policy makers.

Just Published
Skills Matter: Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills
This volume provides data from nine additional countries that conducted the Survey of Adults Skills in 2014-15. It is published together with the Survey of Adult Skills: Reader's Companion, Second Edition.
Equations and Inequalities: Making Mathematics Accessible to All
This report, based on results from PISA 2012, shows that widening access to mathematics content can raise average levels of achievement and, at the same time, reduce inequalities in education and in society at large.
Governing Education in a Complex World
This report addresses key challenges involved in governing modern education systems, looking specifically at complexity, accountability, capacity building and strategic thinking.
Policy Papers

PISA in Focus
• Are disadvantaged students given equal opportunities to learn mathematics?
• Are low performers missing learning opportunities ?
• Is memorisation a good strategy for learning mathematics?

Education Indicators in Focus
• What are the benefits from early childhood education?
• How much do tertiary students pay and what public support do they receive?
• Teather's ICT and problem-solving skills
• The internationalisation of doctoral and master's studies

Adult Skills in Focus
• What does low proficiency in literacy really mean?
• What does age have to do with skills proficiency?

Teaching in Focus
• Teacher Professionalism

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Global perspectives on Education

How well are teachers doing in solving problems using ICT? by Dirk Van Damme

Going beyond education policies – how can PISA help turn policy into practice? by Andreas Schleicher

Towards better tools to measure social and emotional skills, by Anna Choi and Koji Miyamoto

Top tweets @OECDEduSkills
The secret to stellar grades and thriving students is #teachers - http://econ.st/25RhpvF - @TheEconomist
Technology: One of biggest promises in #education & part of the solution | Education to 2030 http://bit.ly/1OP6clx
Learning by heart may not be best for your mind http://bit.ly/1psAFzE - #OECDPISA - #memorization - #math
What are the #trends shaping - #education? - @QoL_Observer
If we had a skills map of the world, what would it look like?

Boost skills for jobs and well-being
Working Papers

• The Neuroscience of Mathematical Cognition and Learning, by Chung Yen Looi, Jacqueline Thompson, Beatrix Krause, and Roi Cohen Kadosh

• The Impact of Literacy, Numeracy and Computer Skills on Earnings and Employment Outcomes, by Marguerita Lane and Gavan Conlon

• How Teachers Teach and Students Learn, by Alfonso Echazarra, Daniel Salinas, Ildefonso Méndez, Vanessa Denis and Giannina Rech

• Adults with Low Proficency in Literacy or Numeracy, by Anke Grotlüschen, David Mallows, Stephen Reder and John Sabatini

• Age, Ageing and Skills, by Marco Paccagnella

• Test-taking Engagement in PIAAC, by Frank Goldhammer, Thomas Martens, Gabriela Christoph and Oliver Lüdtke

• Returns to ICT Skills, by Oliver Falck, Alexandra Heimisch and Simon Wiederhold

• Work, train, win: Work-based learning design and management for productivity gains, by Viktoria Kis


13 September 2016, Paris, France
Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2016

26-27 September 2016, Jerusalem, Israel
Global Education Industry Summit

6 December 2016, Paris, France
PISA 2015 Results: Student performance in science, reading and mathematics, and school and system characteristics

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