The OECD Action Plan for Youth
The OECD Action Plan for Youth was endorsed at the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Meeting in Paris, ministers underlined the need to focus attention on the most disadvantaged youth, including the low-skilled and immigrants, who are at most risk of long-term unemployment and social exclusion.
Education Policy Outlook: Country Profiles
The first set from the series of individual countries’ education policy profiles have been published for Australia, Czech Republic, Ireland and New Zealand. These clearly written profiles examine the challenges and policy responses according to six policy levers that support improvement for students, institutions and the system. From 2014, the Education Policy Outlook publication will also offer a comparative review of trends and specific reforms across countries.
Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship
The Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship Programme launched a second call for proposals and received nearly 40 applications. The programme supports individuals in conducting quantitative, evidence-based research on education, particularly in emerging economies with funding for up to one year, including time spent at the OECD headquarters in Paris.
OECD PISA for Parents Facebook page
This new Facebook page provides parents with a look inside the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a worldwide study that measures 15-year-olds' real-world skills in reading, mathematics and science. The page shines a light on what it means for parents and their teens.
OECD-Tohoku school project
The OECD has launched an initiative project with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Fukushima University and local schools for students in the Tohoku region. An event took place in March where 16 students from Tohoku came to visit the OECD in Paris with their teachers to showcase the country’s recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake.
OECD Higher Education Programme Workshops
The OECD Higher Education Programme (IMHE) is organising a series of workshops exclusively for its members on: enhancing internships; quality teaching; Open Educational Resources; and new strategies for the commercialisation of public research, amongst other topics.
Strong Performers and Successful Reformers
Netherlands and Flanders, Belgium have been added to the video series profiling policies and practices of education systems that demonstrate high or improving performance in the PISA tests.
Skills beyond School
A Skills Beyond School commentary on Iceland was published in April summarising the strengths and challenges in their system. Reviews on Austria, Germany (in English and German) and the United States (with case studies of Florida, Maryland and Washington State) will be published in early July.
Skills Strategy Spotlight Series
Two new papers have been published on “Apprenticeships and Workplace Learning” and “Skills for the Digital Economy”.
Integrity of public education in Tunisia
As part of a bigger effort in the context of the OECD CleanGovBiz initiative, the Tunisian authorities have requested the OECD to carry out a preliminary integrity scan of the Tunisian public education system. The scan provides a first overview of areas in pre-university and tertiary education that are at risk and suggests policy responses.