December 2012

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OECD Education Newsletter
Bringing you the highlights from the OECD Directorate for Education
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The last issue of our newsletter for 2012 brings to you the key education findings and policy directions emerging from recent OECD analysis in a single accessible free source.

OECD Education Today… and tomorrow
Education is for life, not just for the classroom. Indeed, some of the most important skills for life and learning may be acquired before, after and outside school. As reflected in this report’s different chapters, we follow a “lifelong” approach to education and training.

This report presents the main OECD findings from early childhood through to secondary, vocational or tertiary education. But it does not stop there, older people can adapt and keep learning, and it includes policy directions for co-ordinating system-level policies for effective adult learning, especially engaging at-risk groups. This will prove to be an invaluable resource for all those interested in the broad international picture of education, as well as for those wanting to know more about OECD work in this important domain.

News roundup

Thomas Alexander Fellowship Programme
Do you have an idea about how to improve quality and equity in education in your country or region? The OECD’s new Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship Programme could give you the time and support you need to conduct research on that idea. Application is open until 23h59 21 December 2012 Paris time.

Skills beyond School
Two Skills Beyond School commentaries have been published for Israel and Spain summarising the strengths and challenges in their systems. A review on Switzerland will be published in January 2013.

OECD Skills Strategy events
Lessons from experience in designing and implementing Nordic skills policies were discussed in Paris on
22 October 2012. The UK Skills Minister opened the UKCES-OECD workshop on “Employer Ownership: Strengthening Partnerships to Enhance Skills Investment” on 16 September 2012, and launched the second round of the Employer Ownership Pilot.

OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment
in Education

The latest country reviews on Luxembourg and Mexico are now available, with further reports forthcoming on the Slovak Republic, Chile and the UK (Northern Ireland). The Final Synthesis Report from the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes will be published in February 2013.

Quality in Early Childhood Education: Country Policy Profiles
The last three policy profiles for Japan, Norway and Sweden have been published to complete the series.

Just Published

Education Today 2013:
The OECD Perspective

This report provides key findings and policy directions on early childhood education, schooling, transitions beyond initial education, higher education, adult learning, outcomes and returns, equity, and innovation. Each entry highlights the main message with a brief explanation and reference to the original OECD source.

Grade Expectations:
How Marks and Education Policies Shape Students' Ambitions

This new PISA report reveals some of the factors that influence students’ thinking about further education. The report also suggests what teachers and education policy makers can do to ensure that more students have the skills, as well as the motivation, to succeed in higher education.
Post-Secondary Vocational Education and Training: Pathways and Partnerships
This report reviews more than 30 cities and regions identifying VET-university linkages as one of the common issues that impact the engagement of tertiary education in socio-economic development across countries.
Forthcoming Events

6-7 February 2013
15th OECD/Japan Seminar “Global Strategies for Higher Education-Global Trends and Rethinking the Role of Government”, Tokyo, Japan
11-12 March 2013
Measuring learning outcomes in Higher Education: Lessons learnt from the AHELO (Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes) Feasibility Study and next steps, Paris, France
13-14 March 2013
2013 International Summit on the Teaching Profession, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Policy Papers
PISA in Focus
What do students expect to do after finishing upper secondary school?
How do immigrant students fare in disadvantaged schools?
Do today's 15-year-olds feel environmentally responsible?
Are school vouchers associated with equity in education?

Education Indicators in Focus
How does class size vary around the world?
How well are countries educating young people to the level needed for a job and a living wage?
Is increasing private expenditure, especially in tertiary education, associated with less public funding and less equitable access?


Evolution of total graduation rates and the share of the NEET population among 20-24 year-olds (2004-2010)

• Key indicators on education
• PISA International Database
• Education at a Glance raw data

Global perspectives on Education
What the D in OECD stands for, by Barbara Ischinger, Director for Education

Implementing educational reform in China, by Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD's Secretary General

Skills on Show, by Joanne Caddy, Senior Analyst, Directorate for Education

Women leaders can break the mould, interview with Indira Samarasekera, President of the University of Alberta, Canada

Top tweets @OECD Edu
Comparing the Success of Nations in Schooling: OECD @SchleicherEdu on changing how countries think about classrooms click here
You must emulate and innovate to keep pace click here
Watch keynote opening of WISE2012, "Learning in the 21st century" by OECD’s Schleicher (6 min) click here
Education spending in Brazil: Coming soon: the world’s priciest classrooms | The Economist click here

Watch this video: OECD-IMHE higher education conference 2012 - visual summary by CreativeConnection
Working Papers
Business-Driven Innovation: Is it Making a Difference in Education? An Analysis of Educational Patents, by Dominique Foray, Julio Raffo
• Looking Beyond the Numbers: Stakeholders and Multiple School Accountability, by Edith Hooge, Tracey Burns, Harald Wilkoszewski
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