• Preparing teachers and school leaders for the 21st century – Ministers and Union leaders meet on how to turn visions into reality

    Ministers, Union leaders and teacher leaders from 23 of the 25 highest performing and most rapidly improving education systems on PISA followed an invitation from U.S. Education Secretary Duncan, the OECD and Educatio...
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  • Is there anyway to get the validity results for the items of PISA?

    Hello,   I am interested in factor analysis results of the PISA questionnaire items. In the technical report it is said that CFA and IRT used for validity and item fit. I am planning to use PISA dataset for a pr...
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  • Singapore: Five days in thinking schools and a learning nation

    Updated version 12 November 2011 I had always been interested in Asia’s success story of Singapore, that transformed itself from a developing country to a modern industrial economy in one generation. This year I...
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  • Tell us what you think about PISA

    Do the PISA outcomes reflect your experience of what is happening today within schools and classrooms?
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  • We have moved

    OECD’s educationtoday blog on global perspectives on education has moved to: http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.com   We will continue to blog about hot topics in education around the globe and at OECD, br...
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  • Reading: The virtue of pleasure

    It is a virtuous cycle if there ever was one: when students enjoy reading, they tend to read better, which makes reading easier and more enjoyable, so they read more, and so on. Better readers not only perform well in...
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  • Australia’s challenge to balance accountability with improvement

    The OECD review of Australia’s system of evaluation and assessment gains extensive press coverage and provides wider relevance for the education world   The OECD’s recent review of Australia’s...
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  • Education XX.0

    PISA surveys are crafted to answer the question: Are students well prepared to meet the challenges of the future? The OECD is not alone in asking. In a provocative opinion piece published recently in The New York Time...
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  • What is better? Lessons during the holidays for high school students or non-educational system for the holidays?

    This is a matter that concerns probably all students in South Korea and parts of Asia.   This is the hard facts   In South Korea, all high school students must take lessons in the holidays as long as they ...
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  • Will technology such as the iPad improve classroom learning?

    Using new technology (such as the iPad) in classrooms is trending in some schools, but does it work? Will it improve classroom learning? Or will it simply reinforce underlying socio-economic divides?   Tell us w...
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  • Do you think after-school lessons are a good investment?

    A new OECD report, based on results from the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment survey, has a somewhat surprising answer. Quality Time for Students: Learning In and Out of School finds that 15-year-ol...
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  • 岩手滞在について

    2011年7月30日 アンドレアス・シュライヒャー    危機への対応を見れば、その社会の本当の姿や骨組みが見えてくるということもあるように感じた。わずかな数秒で自然が人間の作った全てのものを破壊できること、しかし、人間の強さや地域のリーダーシップに加え、人々が力を合わせれば、とても乗り越えられないような困難を乗り越え、社会の復興していくことが可能であることを目撃した。    海岸沿いを車で移動したが、村の...
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  • Rebuilding education after the tsunami - some impressions

    It seems that one way to see the fabric and true face of a society is to learn how it responds to a crisis. I witnessed how nature can destroy anything mankind builds within seconds, but also how human strength of min...
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  • New arguments in the public vs. private school debate

    Debates on the benefits and disadvantages of private schooling are as perennial as daisies – and the arguments tendered to justify each viewpoint are just about as common: a more innovative educational environme...
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  • Korea’s Choice: “Smart Education”  

    Myself, along with many educators and education policymakers, were pleased to receive news that Korea had topped the OECD’s Digital Reading Assessment (DRA).  We were even more encouraged by the results sho...
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  • Introducing...PISA!

    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 fully in...
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  • 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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  • The case against repeating grades

    Grade repetition is an education policy that elicits strong feelings among educators, psychologists and parents.   But does this policy achieve its ultimate aim: to offer better – and more equitable ̵...
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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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