Teachers love their job but feel undervalued, unsupported and unrecognised, says OECD

June 25, 2014 - 4:48am
Most teachers enjoy their job, despite feeling unsupported and unrecognised in schools and undervalued by society at large, according to a new OECD survey.

Making the labour market work better in Poland

June 10, 2014 - 8:09am
Poor labour market outcomes remain one of Poland’s major structural weaknesses, impeding firms’ competitiveness and the nation’s potential output. Boosting employment prospects is also critical, as the country will soon be ageing at a fast pace.

Tackling labour mismatches and promoting mobility in Hungary

June 10, 2014 - 6:55am
Significant labour market mismatches and insufficient mobility penalise employment and productivity. Mismatches have above all a skills dimension, with an excess of low-skilled workers and a possible lack of skilled workers in certain domains.

The economic consequences of ageing: the case of Finland

June 5, 2014 - 7:30am
Finland’s population is set to age rapidly in the coming decades. This will put pressure on public finances, while shrinking labour resources. Nonetheless, solutions exist to alleviate those pressures. Adjusting the pension age in line with the rise in life expectancy would reduce pension costs and increase older workers’ employment, provided it is accompanied by the removal of the pathways to early retirement.

Making the most of skills in Denmark

June 5, 2014 - 6:58am
Surveys suggest that Denmark ranks close to or slightly above the OECD average in terms of student and adult skills, even though Denmark spends more than many OECD countries on education, labour market policies and adult learning. Sluggish productivity growth over the past two decades raises the question of how to develop better skills and use them more efficiently to achieve stronger and more inclusive growth.

Policies for making the Chilean labour market more inclusive

June 4, 2014 - 6:09am
The paper discusses a number of policies that could help to make the Chilean labour market more inclusive and broaden the benefits of growth. These include expanding childcare, promoting a more flexible labour market and strengthening education and skills policies, among others.

PISA Data Visualisation Contest

May 26, 2014 - 12:07pm
PISA Data Visualisation Contest

Evaluation and Assessment Review Netherlands

May 23, 2014 - 9:30am
This review report for the Netherlands provides, from an international perspective, an independent analysis of major issues facing the Dutch evaluation and assessment framework in education, current policy initiatives and possible future approaches. This series forms part of the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes.

Nigerian Kidnapping Highlights Dangers Girls Worldwide Face In Going To School. Here’s What You Can Do

May 8, 2014 - 1:49pm

The Huffington Post – Eleanor Goldberg

“The kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian students has sparked international outrage and has underscored the risks millions of girls across the globe face every day when it comes to seeking out their right to learn.”(more)

Full STE(A)M ahead

May 8, 2014 - 1:39pm

Worcester Magazine – Walter Bird Jr.

“The connection between arts and STEM is not new, Kevin Wilcox notes…“Throughout history,” he writes, “some of the world’s most accomplished professionals in the science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] fields have had a profound connection to the arts and have even credited that connection with a measure of their successes in STEM.” The connection, he says, has led some people to suggest the arts should indeed be an integral part of STEM education.”(more)

Florida Judge: Teacher-Evaluation System Unfair, But Legal

May 8, 2014 - 1:26pm

Education Week – Stephen Sawchuk

“A Florida federal-court judge has ruled that the state’s new teacher-evaluation system is legal, even though he is persuaded that it has been poorly implemented and is unfair.”(more)

A Call for Greater Foreign Language Education in the U.S.

May 7, 2014 - 5:01pm

The Huffington Post – Jennie Shulkin

“Knowing a foreign language has always seemed like an impressive extra skill in the US, but today it has become more of a necessity — as languages like Chinese…have begun to dominate the business world…The US should learn to prioritize language development in schools…Being a member of the global community means that we need to adopt global skills to be able to connect with a larger scope of people.”(more)

We Have to Get Serious About Creativity and Problem Solving

May 7, 2014 - 4:46pm

The Huffington Post – Vince Bertram

“Content knowledge and the ability to solve problems must both be priorities…While some ability to solve problems comes from knowledge of facts and persistence, other problem solving requires curiosity and creativity. Without this broader skill set, our students will not be prepared for the jobs of the future and success in the global economy. Our education system, then, must focus not only on building students’ content knowledge, but also inspiring creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset.”(more)

How do we help boys close the academic gender gap?

May 7, 2014 - 4:10pm


“Data reveals an academic gap between boys and girls, with a learning environment tipped to favor girls. But there’s a lot parents can do to encourage their sons to achieve academic success.”(more)

US ‘report card’: stagnation in 12th-grade math, reading scores

May 7, 2014 - 3:58pm

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“American high school seniors showed no improvement in their math and reading abilities in four years, according to the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often known as the nation’s “report card.”"(more)

Music is Key to a Child’s Development

May 7, 2014 - 3:50pm

PR Newswire – Staff Writer

“As parents seek to provide their children with the best opportunities for development, neuroscience research has been proving that music education fast-tracks speech and reading skills, trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods, and helps them to develop emotional intelligence, among many other lifelong benefits.”(more)

Education Department Sketches Out New Early Learning Competition

May 7, 2014 - 1:45pm

Education Week – Alyson Klein

“The Obama administration wants to use $250 million in new early learning money to offer one set of grants to states that already have robust early childhood education programs, and another set to those just getting started.”(more)

Study: Work Ethic Allows Asian-Americans to Outperform Peers

May 7, 2014 - 1:34pm

Education News – Grace Smith

“…two studies which tracked white and Asian students from kindergarten through high school revealed that the two groups of students begin school on a level playing ground. It is around the fifth grade that Asian-Americans begin to “significantly outperform whites”…The results suggest that the achievement gap occurs because of the levels of academic drive rather than in cognitive ability differences.”(more)

Webcast of OECD Forum 2014: Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies

May 5, 2014 - 4:00am
Forum 2014, entitled Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.