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The social sciences are the most popular field for non-vocational tertiary education programmes. One in three new students choose a programme in social sciences, business and law.
Across OECD countries, 18% of students skipped classes at least once in the two weeks prior to the PISA test, and 15% of students skipped a day of school or more over the same period.
There is increasing recognition that early childhood education and care (ECEC) provides a crucial foundation for future learning and helps to develop the cognitive and non-cognitive skills shown to be important for future success. There is also growing recognition thatthe magnitude of the benefits is conditional on “quality”, but there has been no consensus on what constitutes quality.
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One-third of the population of OECD countries hold an upper secondary vocational education and training (VET) qualification as their highest educational attainment, and it is estimated that nearly half will graduate from a VET programme in their lifetime.
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This year, more than 23 million people across the OECD and other G20 countries will start university for the first time. They are about to commit themselves to years of study, expecting to gain not just a diploma but also the specific knowledge and skills required to fulfil the needs of their profession and their everyday life.
Most students enjoy orderly classrooms for their language-of-instruction lessons.
Socio-economically disadvantaged students are less likely to enjoy orderly classrooms than advantaged students. Orderly classrooms – regardless of the school’s overall socio-economic profile – are related to better performance.
The rapidly growing demand for highly skilled workers has led to a global competition for talent. High-level skills
are critical for creating new knowledge and technologies and for sparking innovation; as such, they are key to
economic growth and social development.
Students who know how to summarise information tend to perform better in reading. If disadvantaged students used effective learning strategies to the same extent as
students from more advantaged backgrounds do, the performance gap between the two groups would be almost 20% narrower.
The PISA-Based Test for Schools [In the United States, the assessment is known as the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA)] is a student assessment tool geared for use by schools and networks of schools to support research, benchmarking and school improvement efforts.
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Korea has reduced the share of individuals without upper secondary education while the proportion of tertiary-educated individuals increased rapidly over the past 14 years.