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Andreas Schleicher
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Andreas Schleicher is Special Advisor on Education Policy to OECD’s Secretary-General and Deputy Director for Education. He also provides strategic oversight over OECD’s work on the development and utilisation of skills and their social and economic outcomes. This includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES). Before joining the OECD, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

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Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 10:11 AM

Common sense tells us that social and emotional skills -- such as perseverance, self-control or agreeableness -- help individuals have more fulfilling lives. People who persevere and work hard are more likely to succeed in a highly dynamic and skill-driven labour market. Those who work hard are more likely to...

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The New Gender Divide in Education

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 1:13 AM

Measured in the most common metric -- average years of schooling -- the industrialized world essentially closed the gender gap in education in the 1960s. And that has made a huge difference: about half of the economic growth in OECD countries over the past 50 years has been due to...

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Don't Give Up on Education for All

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 12:46 PM

The well-being of individuals and nations depend on nothing more than on what people know and what they can do with what they know. And if there's one lesson the global economy has taught us over the last few years, it's that we cannot simply bail ourselves out of a...

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Reforming Education -- Where to Start?

(18) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 5:06 PM

When faced with challenging issues, we all know that a good way to compile a selection of possible solutions is to look around and see how others have dealt with comparable matters. By sharing educational knowledge, experiences and policies, countries can gain key insights for how to address challenges in...

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What Teachers Know and How That Compares With College Graduates Around the World

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 10:22 AM

One of the most frequent claims I have heard from people trying to explain poor learning outcomes in their country is that their teachers come from the bottom third of their college graduates, while high-performing countries recruit their teachers from the top third. It sounds plausible, since the quality of...

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China's next educational Shanghai? The teacher perspective

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 6:58 AM

Mr. Huang became principal of Qiao Tou Lian He school at the age of 25, not because he was specifically trained for the post, but because he had been the only educated person in his village. He's a dynamic leader who is squarely focused on supporting, developing and evaluating his...

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China's next educational Shanghai - the student perspective

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 6:56 AM

The first thing I notice is that, in this neighbourhood of simple houses and farmlands, it is the school, not a shopping centre, that is the cleanest and most impressive building in the area. The Qiao Tou Lian He primary school can afford only 29 staff to look after the...

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Order in the Classroom

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 3:43 PM

There was a good reason why our teachers demanded our attention in class: it wasn't about power; it was about performance -- ours. As new analyses from PISA show, the disciplinary climate in schools is strongly related to student performance.

You might be surprised to learn that,...

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Who Are the All-round Top Students?

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 4:09 AM

Summer in the northern hemisphere is barely over and we're already talking about doing well in school? Not only are we talking about doing well in school, we're talking about doing very well in school.

The rapidly growing demand for highly skilled workers has led to a global competition...

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Big Data and PISA

(11) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 3:59 AM

Big data is the foundation on which education can reinvent its business model and build the coalition of governments, businesses, and social entrepreneurs that can bring together the evidence, innovation and resources to make lifelong learning a reality for all. So the next educational superpower might be the one that...

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Education Fast Forward

(13) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Everywhere skills transform lives and drive economies; and without the right skills, people are kept on the margins of society, technological progress does not translate into economic growth, and countries can't compete in today's economies. But the toxic co-existence of unemployed graduates on the street, while employers tell us that...

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What's Your Strategy for Learning?

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 4:44 PM

Here's a little test for you: Write a one-paragraph summary of this blog. After you've done that, try to explain how you did it. Did you read the text over and over to try to commit it to memory? Did you make sure the most important facts in the article...

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Education for Biculturalism -- How New Zealand Makes It Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 4:40 PM

At Newton Central School in Auckland, New Zealand, I met Hoana Pearson, anamazing school principal. She defines the world through relationships, for her there is no bridge too far, no stakeholder too distant, no dispute that cannot be resolved through consultation, dialogue and collaboration. And no one escapes her warm...

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Getting Our Youth Back to Work: Policy Lessons From Around the World

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 1:12 PM

If there's one lesson we've learned over the past few years, it's that we cannot simply bail ourselves out of a crisis, we cannot solely stimulate ourselves out of a crisis and we cannot just print money our way out of a crisis. But we can become much better in...

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The Urban Advantage in Education

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Nearly half the world's population now lives in urban areas. New results from PISA indicate that this could be good news for students who go to school in those areas. An "urban advantage" in student performance is evident in nearly every country and economy that participated in the...

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How OECD Data Makes a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 9:18 AM

The data that the OECD collects can help countries map their strengths and weaknesses in education. But what's the best way to capitalize on the strengths and address the weaknesses? Policy makers might find the answer to that question in another country.

A new OECD series of individual Education...

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Effective Instruments for Teacher Evaluation: What Education Ministers and Union Leaders Think

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Last week, ministers of education and union leaders from the best performing and most rapidly education systems met in Amsterdam to discuss how to evaluate teachers effectively. The question of what instruments should be used to evaluate teaching sparked one of the most lively debates.

Divorcing the kind of instruments...

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Evaluating Teachers: Transforming a Game Into a Game-changer

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 10:22 AM

Last week, ministers of education and union leaders from the best performing and most rapidly education systems met in Amsterdam to discuss how to evaluate teachers effectively. Everywhere this is a hot topic but these summits provide an opportunity to advance the dialogue between government and unions on professional issues...

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What Makes a Great Teacher - and Who Gets to Decide?

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 11:34 AM

Tomorrow, education ministers and union leaders from the world's top performing education systems will meet to discuss approaches towards teacher appraisal. Most of us have been lucky enough to have had at least one great teacher in our lifetime. But what makes a teacher great? And who gets to decide?...

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Learning From Britain About Charter Schools

(33) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 4:36 PM

The U.S. is not alone in its efforts raise results by expanding charter schools. The English government has taken a similar track with its 'academies' track. Will it work and what lessons are there for the U.S.?

Global educational comparisons like PISA show consistently that schools in high performing...

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