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OECD Report Examines Differences Between Boys, Girls

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has examined gender differences in education, particularly discussing underperformance among boys, a lack of self confidence in girls, and influences that stem from family life, school, and society. The report, “The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence,” attempts to uncover the reason why 15-year-old boys are typically more likely than girls to not become proficient in reading, math, and science, as well as why 15-year-old girls, who are high-achieving in other areas, are unable to do so in the areas of math, science, and problem-solving in comparison to underachieving boys.”(more)

From inequality to immigration, new report examines what will shape future education

Shanghai Daily – C.M. Rubin

“TRENDS Shaping Education 2016 is a new OECD work which looks at major social, demographic, economic and technological trends affecting education…Author of the report and OECD Project Leader Tracey Burns joins us in The Global Search for Education to discuss the big picture of global changes and how they are shaping learning in our everyday world…Q: What kinds of skills should we be teaching to meet shifting labor needs? A: Educators need to be aware of the advanced skills their students will need to flourish in more knowledge-intensive labor markets, without neglecting the development of other important competencies. These include 21st century skills such as global languages, advanced digital skills, and social and emotional intelligence.”(more)

America’s High School Graduates Look Like Other Countries’ High School Dropouts

NPR Ed – Gabrielle Emanuel

“A new study confirms what many Americans already knew deep in their hearts: We’re not good at math. Not only that, but when it comes to technology skills, we’re dead last compared with other developed countries. The PIAAC study — the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies — looks at the skills adults need to do everyday tasks, whether it’s at work or in their social lives…”Clearly, we have some work to do in this country,” says Peggy Carr, the acting commissioner of the government’s National Center for Education Statistics…Overall, Americans’ everyday literacy skills were average. But if you zoom in and focus on just the young adults, a more complex picture emerges.”(more)

London pupils ‘behind global competition’

BBC – Sean Coughlan

“London’s schools are falling behind many global competitors, according to an analysis of international tests. The capital’s schools have been held up as a showcase of rising standards. But the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education study, using OECD Pisa test results, suggests they are weaker than those in many Asian cities and the rest of the UK. However, the OECD’s education director, Andreas Schleicher, has rejected the findings as “not credible”.”(more)

How U.S. Students Stack Up in Math, Reading and Science

U.S. News & World Report – Lauren Camera

“More than 1 in 4 15-year-olds living in economically developed countries – some 13 million students – do not have a basic level of knowledge in at least one of the three core subjects: math, reading and science. In some countries, the statistic is worse, with more than 1 in 2 students lacking such baseline proficiency. And that poor performance holds ramifications that reach far beyond just a report card. Those are just some of the top-line findings tucked inside a 212-page report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, which analyzed data from the 64 countries that participated in the latest international education assessment, known as the Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA. “It is urgent to get this right,” said Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the OECD and an author of the report. “Students who perform poorly at age 15 face a high risk of dropping out of school altogether, and when a large share of the population lacks basic skills, a country’s long-term economic growth is severely compromised.””(more)

Why STEM’s Future Rests In The Hands Of 12-Year-Old Girls

TechCrunch – Erin Sawyer

“A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) took a comprehensive look at gender differences in student performance based on an exam taken by 15-year-olds. The report found that, although girls often perform better than their male peers — staying in school longer and out-performing them in reading — the top-performing girls continue to lag behind top-performing boys in math and science…The question is, to prevent this deterioration in scores and perceived ability, how do we empower elementary school girls to embrace an interest in STEM and develop leadership skills that will help them navigate their way through school to be prepared to choose any career, including STEM?…To promote more women in STEM in future generations — both as a human rights and equal opportunity issue and one crucial to the U.S. economy and global standing — we need to do more to change the trajectory for our girls.”(more)