September 2012

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OECD Education Newsletter
Bringing you the highlights from the OECD Directorate for Education
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This issue focuses on the latest OECD annual education indicators published in the 2012 edition of Education at a Glance.

Education spending rising but access to higher education remains unequal in most countries
Education at a Glance 2012 indicators show that countries can gain long-term economic and social benefits from investing more in education. The report says governments should increase investment in early childhood programmes and maintain reasonable costs for higher education in order to reduce inequality, boost social mobility and improve people’s employment prospects. This year’s report also includes indicators on public and private spending on education, tuition fees, adult participation in education, class sizes, teacher salaries and decision-making powers of schools, and analysis of national exam systems and the criteria for attending tertiary education

Attaining and Sustaining Mass Higher Education
Mass higher education has become either an aspiration or a reality. Over 500 higher education policy-makers, institutional leaders and academic experts active in higher education representing 70 countries attended the biennial General Conference of the OECD’s Programme for Institutional Management in Higher Education on 17-19 September in Paris, to debate the many new issues and challenges for countries.

News roundup

Skills beyond School
Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. A new series of OECD policy reviews of postsecondary vocational education and training has published two country studies examining the challenges in Denmark and Korea.

Visualize the Return on Education
The OECD and have launched a data visualization competition around Education at a Glance 2012. The focus is on the economic costs and returns on education.

Universities for skills, entrepreneurship, innovation and growth
The fourth and the final OECD Roundtable on Higher Education in Regional and City Development took place on 19-20 September 2012, focusing on skills, local development and innovation.

OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education
Coming soon new reviews of Luxembourg, Mexico, Slovak Republic and teacher evaluation in Chile.

Quality in Early Childhood Education: Country Policy Profiles
The latest policy profile to this series examines the design and implementation of curriculum and standards in Portugal.

Just Published

Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators
Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for accurate and relevant information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of the education systems in the OECD’s 34 member countries, as well as a number of non-member G20 nations.

Teaching Practices and Pedagogical Innovations: Evidence from TALIS
This practical book enables a more comprehensive understanding of teaching practice and participation in professional learning communities nationally and internationally. It provides policy makers and other key stakeholders with the relevant information they need for educational system monitoring.
Connected Minds: Technology and Today's Learners
This book contributes to the debate about the effects of technology attachment and connectedness on today’s learners, and their expectations about teaching.
Forthcoming Events

16-19 October 2012
4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge, and Policy, Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies, New Delhi, India.

Policy Papers
PISA in Focus
Is there really such a thing as a “second chance” in education?
Are students more engaged when schools offer extracurricular activities?
Are large cities educational assets or liabilities?

Education Indicators in Focus
What are the returns on higher education for individuals and countries?

Teaching in Focus
What Can Be Done to Support New Teachers?


Percentage of 25-64 year-olds in employment, by educational attainment level (2010)

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

Global perspectives on Education
Investing in people, skills and education for inclusive growth and jobs, by J.D. LaRock Senior Analyst, Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, Directorate for Education.

Making the right connections, by Barbara Ischinger, Director for Education.

“Creativity” is spelled with a “why”, by Marilyn Achiron, Editor, Directorate for Education.

Hooked to be connected! by Lynda Hawe Communications Officer, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI).

Top tweets @OECD Edu
“Education has become the most powerful lever for equity”: OECD’s Schleicher click here
Let’s read them a story! Helping your children succeed in school. OECD Insights on the parent factor in educationclick here
By the end of the decade 4 of 10 graduates will come from just 2 countries - China & India click here
How can education assessment be improved? Four innovative approaches, including #OECDPISA click here

Watch this video: Education at a Glance 2012
Working Papers
Assessment for Qualification and Certification in Upper Secondary Education, by Stefanie Dufaux.
Bringing About Curriculum Innovations, by Kiira Kärkkäinen
Hybrid Learning Environments, by Ilya Zitter, Aimée Hoeve
Subsidies and Levies as Policy Instruments to Encourage Employer-Provided Training, by Normann Müller, Friederike Behringer
Innovative Research-Based Approaches to Learning and Teaching, by Gesa Sonja Elsa van den Broek
Statistical Matching of PISA 2009 and TALIS 2008 Data in Iceland, by David Kaplan, Alyn Turner
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