• PISA – Measuring student success around the world

    A test the whole world can take…  It’s a breathtaking concept – but for the OECD, it’s a very real way of finding out how well-prepared today’s students are to participate in socie...
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  • International Migration Outlook 2011

    International migration fell in 2009, reflecting lower demand for workers in OECD countries for the second consecutive year after a decade of growth, according to a new OECD report.   The 2011 International Migr...
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  • OECD Economic Survey of Austria 2011

    The Austrian economy has weathered the crisis well on the back of an export-led recovery. The authorities should seize the opportunity to strengthen reforms and maintain high growth, which in the past has been conside...
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  • Report: Creating Opportunity, Rewarding Ambition

    Lack of employability skills fuels unemployment crisis  Poor work attitudes among the long-term unemployed are the major barrier to tackling Britain’s jobless crisis, according to a major new report publis...
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  • US: Vocational education funding at risk

    Despite a competitive economy in which success increasingly depends on obtaining a college degree, one in four students in this country does not even finish high school in the usual four years. Matthew Kelly was in ...
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  • Brazil: Vocational Education Expands to Meet Demands of a Booming Economy

    In one corner at this Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology, four teenagers are learning how to use lathes. Next door, a group of young adults is crowded around a desk testing electronic circuits. A...
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  • Stronger regions make for stronger nations

    The gap between the rich and the poor can be as wide within countries as across countries, with wealth and services generally concentrated in cities. In part this reflects differences in the performance of regions, as...
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  • As Budgets Are Trimmed, Time in Class Is Shortened

    By Sam Dillon Published: July 5, 2011   After several years of state and local budget cuts, thousands of school districts across the nation are gutting summer-school programs, cramming classes into four-day wee...
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  • Chile: President proposes the creation of a $4bn (£2.5bn) fund for higher education.

    Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, facing student protests, has proposed the creation of a $4bn (£2.5bn) fund for higher education.   In a televised speech, Mr Pinera outlined measures including more grant...
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  • UK 2nd Independent Report: Early Intervention: Smart Investment, Massive Savings

    Mr Graham Allen was tasked, back in the summer of last year with looking into how government policy could best ensure that children from disadvantaged background would get a better start in life. His first report, in ...
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  • France: Degree reform to boost graduate employability 

    A minimum of 1,500 teaching hours, programmes tailored to individual students and work experience for all students who want it are key features of the reformed licence, France's three-year equivalent to the bachelor d...
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  • Australia: International student fees keeping universities afloat

    Australian universities are so chronically under-funded in their teaching activities that every domestic undergraduate is effectively subsidised to the tune of $1200 by international student fees.   That almost...
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  • Brookings report on a Global Compact on Learning

    This report seeks to help set the agenda for a proposed new Global Compact on Learning. It identifies three key priorities and suggested actions to improve learning outcomes for all girls and boys in the developing wo...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases College Cost Lists to Help Students Make Informed Choices

    The U.S. Department of Education released several College Affordability and Transparency Lists as part of its effort to help students make informed decisions about their choice for higher education. These lists are an...
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  • UK: Students at the Heart of the System - Higher Education White Paper

    Putting students at the heart of higher education  In future, graduates will pay more towards the cost of their degrees, but – in return – the Government's proposals will improve their experience as ...
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  • Teacher Grades: Pass or Be Fired

    By Sam Dillon June 27, 2011 Emily Strzelecki, a first-year science teacher here, was about as eager for a classroom visit by one of the city’s roving teacher evaluators as she would be to get a tooth drilled....
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  • OECD releases results from first international assessment of digital reading competencies

    OECD releases results from first international assessment of digital reading competencies While the quality of online education is a subject of intense debate among educators, parents and students alike, what is no lo...
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  • Testing times: Why Wales is falling behind on child literacy

    John Humphrys revisits his old school to assess education in Wales today.   The decade since devolution has seen the educational performance of Wales fall behind the other nations of the UK. The Principality eme...
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  • UK: new competitive national scholarships scheme for teachers

    Round one of the new competitive national scholarships scheme for teachers was launched on 27 June 2011.   The Schools White Paper, ‘The Importance of Teaching’ published on 24th November 2010 announ...
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  • Australian universities look for benefactors to close funding gap

    Philanthropy is becoming big business for Australian universities as they seek to prop up income from government and student fees.   With the University of Sydney set to sell a donated Picasso for an expected $1...
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