The IMHE General conference, Education Ministerial, and release of new PISA results made 2010 a busy (and exciting!) year. With 2011 upon us, we’d like to share some of our favorite blog posts from the past year. The educationtoday blog is just one of the ways we’re sharing new OECD research, projects, and collaborations to encourage engagement with stakeholders in education (i.e. everyone). We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our weekly musings as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them.


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3. Raise Your Hand


With over 27,000 votes and 325 ideas submitted from 90+ countries, the Raise Your Hand “ideas marketplace” allowed the public to tell us what they thought were the most important actions to take in education. The winning five ideas stressed the importance of teaching students to think critically and providing access to high quality education for all children. We weren’t surprised to see the PISA results come out just a few months later with similar conclusions!


2. IMHE General Conference

The International Management in Higher Education (IMHE) General Conference, “Doing More with Less” allowed many guest bloggers to share their views with us on educationtoday:

Heather Eggins provoked us to think not only about education, but also about globalization and social justice in a time of financial crisis.

Michele Asha Cooper contributed her thoughts on the Global Achievement Gap.

Bahram Bekhradnia emphasized the challenges that come with vested interests when trying to reform higher education.

Marilyn Leask questioned the current management practices in the academic world.

And finally, Charles Reed outlined the immense challenges higher education institutions face in a time of budget cuts.


A big thank you to all of our fantastic contributors!

1. PISA Reveals Wide Differences in Educational Outcomes

Of course, the PISA results were the icing on a giant cake this year. Five volumes of comparative international data evaluated the quality, equity, and efficiency of school systems in 65 OECD member countries and economies.

watch the video

read the blogpost by Andreas Schleicher


With more than nine-tenths of the world economy represented, the results revealed wide differences in education outcomes. The best performing education systems embraced individualised approaches to learning, set clear and ambitious standards, and involved more stakeholders in the policy-making process. At no surprise to Raise Your Hand voters, the results stressed the importance of ensuring that every student can benefit from high-quality learning.


Looking forward to 2011, which marks  the OECD’s 50th anniversary, we will continue to work towards developing “better policies for better lives.” With more countries involved with the OECD (including four new members and several Enhanced Engagement countries), it is important for us to provide even more opportunities to learn from and communicate with the people to whom OECD research is intended to impact. The educationtoday platform will help increase our knowledge base and strengthen our work with these countries, ensuring that our work remains globally relevant and locally useful.


Thank you for your participation, and best wishes for a prosperous and productive new year.


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