Directorate for Education and Skills


Low-performing Students: Why they Fall Behind and How to Help them Succeed

This report examines low performance at school by looking at low performers’ family background, education career and attitudes towards school. The report also analyses the school practices and educational policies that are more strongly associated with poor student performance. Most important, the evidence provided in the report reveals what policy makers, educators, parents and students themselves can do to tackle low performance and succeed in school.








Immigrant Students at School - Easing the Journey Towards Integration

In 2015, Europe recorded an unprecedented number of asylum seekers: as many as one million. An estimated 350,000 to 450,000 people could be granted refugee or similar status, more than in any previous European refugee crisis since World War II. The way in which education systems respond to migration has an enormous impact on whether or not migrants are successfully integrated into their host communities, and on the economic and social well-being of all members of the communities they serve, whether they have an immigrant background or not. This report examines in detail how immigrant students fare in different education systems – and what this means for education policy makers.



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OECD Skills Outlook 2015

Young people around the world are struggling to enter the labour market. In some OECD countries, one in four 16-29 year-olds is neither employed nor in education or training. The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach.


Students, Computers and Learning - Making the Connection

This book examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences.

More reports and papers

Are we failing our failing students?
Daniel Salinas | February 10

On target for 21st-century learning? The answers (and questions) are now on line
Tue Halgreen and Kelly Makowiecki | February 8

Why do we bother with qualifications?
Simon Field | January 28

Joining the battle against extremism
Andreas Schleicher | January 22

21st Century Children
Tracey Burns and Manuela Fitzpatrick | January 18

Can students be overconnected?
Francesco Avvisati | January 12

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News and events


Recorded webinar - Low-performing Students: Why they Fall Behind and How to Help them Succeed (February 10, 2016) with Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD, and Daniel Salinas, Analyst, OECD.

Supporting Teacher Professionalism - Insights from TALIS 2013

Newsroom - Helping the weakest students essential for society and the economy, says OECD

PISA in Focus No. 60: Who are the low-performing students?

Webinar (February 12, 2016-10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. ET:  The Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) will join forces with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to host a joint U.S. release of the OECD’s new report Supporting Teacher Professionalism. Register here.

Building Skills for All - A Review of England








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