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  • 28-June-2016

    English

    Skills Matter - Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

    In the wake of the technological revolution that began in the last decades of the 20th century, labour market demand for information-processing and other high-level cognitive and interpersonal skills is growing substantially. The Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), was designed to provide insights into the availability of some of these key skills in society and how they are used at work and at home. The first survey of its kind, it directly measures proficiency in several information-processing skills – namely literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.


    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. Another related report, The Survey of Adult Skills: Reader’s Companion, Second Edition, describes the design and methodology of the survey and its relationship to other international assessments of young students and adults.

  • 28-June-2016

    English

    The Survey of Adult Skills - Reader's Companion, Second Edition

    In the wake of the technological revolution that began in the last decades of the 20th century, labour market demand for information-processing and other high-level cognitive and interpersonal skills is growing substantially. The Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), was designed to provide insights into the availability of some of these key skills in society and how they are used at work and at home. The first survey of its kind, it directly measures proficiency in several information-processing skills – namely literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.

    The Survey of Adult Skills: Reader’s Companion, Second Edition describes the design and methodology of the survey and its relationship to other international assessments of young students and adults. It is a companion volume to Skills Matter: Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills. Skills Matter 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).

  • 23-June-2016

    English

    Closing the gap between education and employment (OECD Education Today Blog)

    Employer engagement in education and training has become a hot topic for policy makers and practitioners around the world.

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  • 20-June-2016

    English

    PISA in Focus No. No 63 - Are disadvantaged students given equal opportunities to learn mathematics?

    On average across OECD countries, the 20% of students who are most exposed to pure mathematics tasks (equations) score, on the PISA mathematics test, the equivalent of almost two school years ahead of the 20% of students who are least exposed.

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  • 20-June-2016

    English

    Making all students count (OECD Education Today Blog)

    Many students who participated in PISA 2012 reported that they have hardly been exposed to fundamental concepts in mathematics, like arithmetic means or linear equations, which form the basis of the numeracy skills that they will need to thrive as adults.

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  • 20-juin-2016

    Français

    Tous égaux face aux équations ? - Rendre les mathématiques accessibles à tous - Principaux résultats

    Plus que jamais, les élèves doivent appréhender des concepts mathématiques, mener des raisonnements quantitatifs et analytiques, et communiquer à l’aide des mathématiques. Toutes ces compétences jouent un rôle central dans la capacité des jeunes à faire face aux problèmes qu’ils pourront rencontrer dans leur vie professionnelle ou privée une fois leur scolarité terminée. Néanmoins, la réalité est tout autre. Nombreux sont les élèves qui ne se sont pas familiarisés avec les concepts fondamentaux de mathématiques. Et trop d’élèves ne s’exercent à l’école qu’à des tâches routinières ne leur permettant pas d’améliorer leur capacité à raisonner de façon quantitative et à résoudre des problèmes complexes de la vie réelle.
    Comment inverser cette tendance ? Selon ce nouveau rapport, fondé sur les résultats de l’enquête PISA 2012, une solution consisterait à garantir l’acquisition des concepts fondamentaux de mathématiques par tous les élèves et leur exposition en classe à des problèmes complexes de mathématiques. Une part importante des écarts de performance observés dans les épreuves PISA entre les élèves issus de milieux socio-économiques favorisés et leurs pairs issus de milieux défavorisés peut s’expliquer par des différences de familiarité avec les concepts mathématiques. L’élargissement de l’accès aux contenus mathématiques pourrait permettre de relever les niveaux moyens de réussite et, par là même, de réduire les inégalités dans l’éducation et la société dans son ensemble.
    Cette synthèse en français résume les principaux résultats du rapport thématique PISA Equations and Inequalities: Making Mathematics Accessible to All afin de faciliter leur diffusion auprès du grand public francophone.

  • 16-June-2016

    English

    Education Indicators in Focus No. 42 - What are the benefits from early childhood education?

    Early childhood education and care programmes (ECEC) have become more accessible in recent years, with high enrolment rates in both early childhood educational development and preprimary education.

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  • 16-June-2016

    English

    Why should we improve learning opportunities for young kids (OECD Education Today Blog)

    More than hundred years ago, nations that are now members of the OECD introduced legislation to set the age compulsory education.

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  • 9-June-2016

    English

    OECD Reviews of School Resources: Austria 2016

    The effective use of school resources is a policy priority across OECD countries. The OECD Reviews of School Resources explore how resources can be governed, distributed, utilised and managed to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of school education.
    The series considers four types of resources: financial resources, such as public funding of individual schools; human resources, such as teachers, school leaders and education administrators; physical resources, such as location, buildings and equipment; and other resources, such as learning time.
    This series offers timely policy advice to both governments and the education community. It includes both country reports and thematic studies.

  • 9-June-2016

    English

    Reform of Austria’s school governance crucial to deliver better value for money

    Austria has taken important steps to improve its school system, but needs to reform its complex school governance to further improve quality and equity, according to a new OECD report.

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