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Skills Matter - Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

This volume reports results from the 24 countries and regions that participated in the first round of the survey in 2011-12 (first published in OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills) and from the nine additional countries that participated in the second round in 2014-15 (Chile, Greece, Indonesia [Jakarta], Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey). It describes adults’ proficiency in the three information-processing skills assessed, and examines how skills proficiency is related to labour market and social outcomes.

Equations and Inequalities - Making Mathematics Accessible to All

More than ever, students need to engage with mathematical concepts, think quantitatively and analytically, and communicate using mathematics. All these skills are central to a young person’s preparedness to tackle problems that arise at work and in life beyond the classroom. But the reality is that many students are not familiar with basic mathematics concepts and, at school, only practice routine tasks that do not improve their ability to think quantitatively and solve real-life, complex problems.

How can we break this pattern? This report, based on results from PISA 2012, shows that one way forward is to ensure that all students spend more “engaged” time learning core mathematics concepts and solving challenging mathematics tasks. The opportunity to learn mathematics content – the time students spend learning mathematics topics and practising maths tasks at school – can accurately predict mathematics literacy


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.

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Do labour markets welcome shorter tertiary degrees?
Dirk Van Damme | August 23

Is more vocational education the answer?
Herman van de Werfhorst, Andrea Forster, Thijs Bol | July 19

A Brave New World: The new frontiers of technology and education
Tracey Burns | July 15

Can analogue skills bridge the digital divide?
Marilyn Achiron | July 12

What does country average mean
Dirk van Damme | July 8










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PISA in Focus No. 64 - Are there differences in how advantaged and disadvantaged students use the Internet?

Education Indicators in Focus No. 43 -  Subnational variations in educational attainment and labour market outcomes

What makes a school a learning organisation? (A guide for policy makers, school leaders and teachers)

OECD Education and Skills Newsletter - Bringing you the highlights from the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills (July, 2016)

Press release - Ministers chart future path to boosting skills for productivity, innovation and inclusion at Skills Summit 2016 in Bergen









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