Thursday, 3 April 2014


It is great to hear that England's teenagers are "significantly above average" in problem-solving, according to Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development's latest results. 

“Today’s 15-year-olds with poor problem-solving skills will become tomorrow’s adults struggling to find or keep a good job,” said Andreas Schleicher, acting Director of Education and Skills at the OECD. “Policy makers and educators should reshape their school systems and curricula to help students develop their problem-solving skills which are increasingly needed in today’s economies.”

The OECD’s results reveal what is possible in education by showing what students in the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems can do. Their findings allow policy makers and educators around the world to gauge the knowledge and skills of students in their own countries in comparison with those in other countries. Hopefully, this allows us to set policy targets against measurable goals achieved by other education systems, and learn from the impact of policies and practices applied elsewhere. We are all familiar with PISA the international tests for 15-year-olds that has been administered in reading, math, and science since 2000 but the OECD has now administered the computer-based problem-solving test for the first time in 2012 in response to a job market that increasingly demands skills alongside knowledge. After disappointing international school tests, OECD puts England in 11th place, the second highest in Europe, behind Finland. As usual, Singapore and South Korea were top in these tests taken by 15-year-olds.

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