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March 2012

OECD Education Newsletter
Bringing you the important news, information and analysis on Education

Spotlight on

Welcome to the first edition of the OECD Educaiton Newsletter. Our aim is to bring you quarterly the important news, information and analysis on education.

Teachers are in the spotlight for the month of March. Hot off the press our publication on The Experience of New Teachers provides a comprehensive analysis of the most important issues facing teachers during the early stages of their careers. We are also proud to announce the 2nd International Summit on the Teaching Profession which is to be held in New York on 14-15 March 2012. This year participants will examine how to improve teacher preparation and the development of school leaders to better address the needs and expectations of today's and tomorrow's learning environments. You too can follow this exciting event by tuning into the live webcast, read the blogs or follow on twitter #ISTP2012.

We hope you will find this newsletter useful, and will forward it to others who might be interested. If you have any comments on it or any of the content items, please drop a quick email to us at educontact@oecd.org.

News roundup

• Excerpt here from Barbara's blog on Japan visit

• Two new free reports on evaluation and assessment have been published. The report on New Zealand features how assessment data is used to inform system improvement while limiting the risks of high-stakes accountability. The report on the Czech Republic describes the recent initiatives developed to strengthen evaluation and assessment and suggests a range of options for the way forward.

• Finnish educators and students met in February to exhange ideas on how innovative pedagogies at school are transforming and challenging traditional models of education delivery. Read more about the Conference A Recipe for Success: Transforming Learning Environments through Dynamic Local Partnerships.

• International scientists from many disciplines gathered in January to share their findings with educational practitioners and policy-makers in order to globalise and mobilise an emarging field of integrative, multidisciplinary Science of Learning. Read more and download the presentations from the International Conference on Connecting How we Learn to Educational Practice and Policy: Research Evidence and Implications.

• Ministers met in January in Norway to discuss quality standards for early childhood learning and development, read more about the OECD/Norway High-level Roundtable on Early Childhood Education and Care.

Just Published
Languages in a Global World: Learning for Better Cultural Understanding

This book examines the links between globalisation and the way we teach and learn languages.
Equity and Quality in Education: Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools

Reducing school failure pays off for both society and individuals. This report presents policy recommendations for education systems to help all children succeed in their schooling.
Starting Strong III: A Quality Toolbox for Early Childhood Education and Care

This publication focuses on quality issues: it aims to define quality and outlines five policy levers that can enhance it in early childhood education and care.
Free Papers

PISA in Focus
What kinds of careers to boys and girls expect for themselves?
• Does money buy strong performance in PISA?
• Are boys and girls ready for the digital age?

Education Indicators in Focus
• How are countries around the world supporting students in higher education?
How has the global economic crisis affected people with different levels of education?

Policy Pointers
• Improving School Leadership Policy and Practice
• Equity in Education

Working Papers
• Technical feasibility of Reporting YITS 2010 Skill Assessment Results on the PISA 2000 Reading Scale, by Fernando Cartwright
• A Literature Review of School Practices to Overcome School Failure, by Brenton Faubert.
• Exploring the Complex Interaction Between • Governance and Knowledge in Education, by Mihály Fazekas, Tracey Burns.
• School Choice and Equity, by Pauline Musset.

Forthcoming Events

14-15 March 2012
2012 International Summit on the Teaching Profession, New York City, USA.

12-13 April 2012
Internationalisation for Job Creation and Economic Growth: Increasing Coherence of Government and System Policies at a Time of Global Crisis, organised with the State University of New York, New York City, USA.

22-24 May 2012
OECD Forum 2012, and OECD Council meeting at ministerial level and launch of OECD Skills Strategy

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Top blog posts on global perpectives on Education

Tackling inequity, by Barbara Ischinger, Director for Education

Early Childhood Education and Care: a priority investment, by Kristin Halvorsen, Minister of Education, Norway


Click here to see the full size chart and read about how higher education is an insurance policy against global downturns

• Key indicators on Education

• PISA International Database

• Education at a Glance Navigator


Japan - Strong Performers
and Successful Reformers in Education

Top tweets @OECD Edu
Skills matter: Developing an OECD Skills Strategy, presentation by@SchleicherEDUclick here
Individuals’ education levels have had a big impact on how the economic crisis has affected them click here
No More Pencils, No More Books? Caution against a new digital divide: comparing the paths two nations are taking click here

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