October 2013

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

First Survey of Adult Skills
What people know and what they do with what they know has a major impact on their life chances. This is one of the key messages from the first edition of the OECD Skills Outlook, released 8 October. This edition, which presents the results from the first round of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), offers readers access to a rich source of data on adult proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments – the key information-processing skills that are invaluable in 21st-century economies – and in various “generic” skills, such as co-operation, communication, and organising one’s time.

The Skills Outlook builds on the extensive body of OECD work in education and training, including findings from PISA, its policy reviews of vocational education and training, and its work on skills, particularly the OECD Skills Strategy – the integrated, cross-government framework developed to help countries understand more about how to invest in skills in ways that will transform lives and drive economies.

News roundup

Informal Meeting of the OECD Education Ministers
26 Ministers met on 2-3 October 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey on the theme: “Fostering Skills and Employability Through Education.” The Chair’s summary stressed the need for effective skills policies to provide communities, institutions and infrastructure with greater flexibility, intelligence and responsiveness to rapid economic and social changes.

Education GPS
The Education GPS, launched on 2 October, is the source for internationally comparable data on education policies and practices, opportunities and outcomes. Accessible any time, in real time, the Education GPS provides you with the latest information on how countries are working to develop high-quality and equitable education systems.

Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship
The new call for proposals for the Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship will open from 25 October to 20 December 2013. 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.

Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)
The TALIS 2013 results are due to be launched in June 2014. Read more about TALIS on our new website. Find out how to join, download questionnaires, data, publications and more.

Skills Beyond School
A Skills Beyond School review on England was published in September providing recommendations to expand the provision of postsecondary vocational training in order to meet the changing needs of students and employers.

Education Policy Outlook: Country Profiles
A Policy Profile on Turkey was published in September, reviewing the current context and situation of the country’s education system. Video interviews with policy makers on pressing policy challenges they are facing in their countries are also available.

Governing Complex Education Systems
The OECD has released two new case studies on the Netherlands and Norway in an on-going series about governing complex education systems.

Improving Education in Mexico
A review of the Mexican state of Puebla’s education system will be launched on 18 October in conjunction with a Puebla-Tlaxcala governance and territorial review.

Just Published
OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills
This first OECD Skills Outlook presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving in the context of technology-rich environments of adults in 24 countries.
Innovative Learning Environments
Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) from the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation is an ambitious international study based on 40 in-depth case studies of powerful 21st century learning environments.
Education at a Glance 2013 Highlights
Education at a Glance 2013: Highlights summarises the OECD’s flagship compendium of education statistics, Education at a Glance. It provides easily accessible data on key topics in education today.
Forthcoming Events

3 December 2013
Launch of PISA 2012, focussing on mathematical literacy. PISA: OECD Programme for International Student Assessment.
28 - 29 March 2014
The fourth International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2014 (ISTP), Wellington, New Zealand.

Policy Papers

PISA in Focus
• Do students perform better in schools with orderly classrooms?
• Who are the academic all-rounders?
• Could learning strategies reduce the performance gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students?

Education Indicators in Focus
• How are university students changing?
• How is international student mobility shaping up?

Compare your country – Survey of Adult Skills

• Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) Online Data
• PISA International Database
• Education at a Glance raw data

Global perspectives on Education

Skill up or lose out, by Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD's Secretary-General

What a tangled web we weave: strategies for school improvement, by Harald Wilkoszewski, Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills

Big data and PISA, by Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD's Secretary-General

A skilful approach to employment, by Barbara Ischinger, Director for Education and Skills

Top tweets @OECD Edu
What should graduates know and what skills should HE institutions teach Barbara Ischinger talks to @DAAD_Germany click here
A Skills Manifesto: Why Education (Not Finance) Is The Only Lasting Economic Solution @SchleicherEdu | Worldcrunch click here
Great Education Debate : We must be able to compete in a global education system @SchleicherEDU @GreatEdDebate #GED click here
Only a few countries are teaching children how to think | The Economist click here
Education Fast Forward debate read blog : Better Skills, Better Lives, Better Jobs @SchleicherEdu #OECDskills click here

Boost skills for jobs and wellbeing
Working Papers

PISA in Low and Middle Income Countries, by Simone Bloem

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