Publications & Documents


  • 19-December-2017

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    Raising and mobilising skills to boost productivity and inclusiveness in Belgium

    A highly educated and skilled workforce has been an important driver of productivity performance and prosperity in Belgium.

  • 19-December-2017

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    PISA in Focus No. 79: Is too much testing bad for student performance and well-being?

    Standardised tests help measure student’s progress at school and can inform education policy about existing shortfalls. However, too much testing could lead to much pressure on students and teachers to learn and teach for a test, something that would take the joy out of the learning process.

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  • 19-December-2017

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    Busting the myth about standardised testing (OECD Education Today Blog)

    Standardised testing has received a bad rap in recent years. Parents and educators argue that too much testing can make students anxious without improving their learning.

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  • 15-December-2017

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    Getting Skills Right: Italy

    This report identifies effective strategies to tackle skills imbalances in Italy. It provides an assessment of practices and policies in the following areas: the collection and use of information on skill needs to foster a better alignment of skills acquisitions with labour market needs; the design of education and training systems and their responsiveness to changing skill needs; the re-training of unemployed individuals; and the improvement of skills use and skills matching in the labour market. The assessment is based on country visits, desk research and data analysis conducted by the OECD Secretariat.
  • 15-December-2017

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    Citizenship and education in a digital world (OECD Education Today Blog)

    "Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence”, George Orwell wrote in 1943. And in an era of ‘fake news’ and post-truth, it resembles our world today.

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  • 15-December-2017

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    Italy should strengthen reform implementation to boost skills

    Recent reforms of Italy’s education system (“Buona Scuola”), labour market (“Jobs Act”) and industrial policy (“Industria 4.0”) have clear synergies and could reduce worrying imbalances between the supply and demand of skills on the Italian labour market, according to the new OECD report Getting Skills Right: Italy.

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  • 14-December-2017

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    Improving skills would boost growth and job creation in France

    France’s economy is growing and the labour market is gradually improving. However, the share of people out of work for more than 12 months remains high and many young people are on temporary contracts, with weak long-term job prospects and little opportunity for training.

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  • 12-December-2017

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    Educating our youth to care about each other and the world (OECD Education Today Blog)

    In 2015, 193 countries committed to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, a shared vision of humanity that provides the missing piece of the globalisation puzzle. The extent to which that vision becomes a reality will in no small way depend on what is happening in today’s classrooms. Indeed, it is educators who hold the key to ensuring that the SDGs become a real social contract with citizens.

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  • 12-December-2017

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    Ensuring a dynamic skills-training and life-long learning system in Switzerland

    Switzerland makes more use of its human resources than most other OECD countries. Labour force participation is high and the unemployment rate low for most segments of society.

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  • 12-December-2017

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    The middle income plateau: trap or springboard?

    The mixed growth performance of emerging market economies has revived angst about a "middle-income trap".

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