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A mixed report: How Europe and Central Asian Countries performed in PISA

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While more ECA program countries are participating in the PISA assessment of 15-year-old students' skills, education poverty in these countries has only slightly declined since 2000. (Photo: Aigul Eshtaeva / World Bank)

Recently, the OECD released the results for PISA 2015, an international assessment that measures the skills of 15-year-old students in applying their knowledge of science, reading, and mathematics to real-life problems. There is a sense of urgency to ensure that students have solid skills amidst modest economic growth and long-term demographic decline in Europe and Central Asia (ECA).

Economy mega shifts are here to stay – Tap your talents to thrive

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Editor’s Note: This guest blog is by Salah-Eddine Kandri, the Global Sector Lead for education at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
 
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According to a report from McKinsey, about 60 percent of occupations have at least 30 percent of their activities automatable. This means new sets of skills need to be acquired. (Photo: Li Wenyong / World Bank)


When I visited Peru for the first time last month for a business development trip, I met with the heads of some leading private education institutions. At the end of my visit, I decided to book a cultural tour of Lima. During the tour, I asked our guide Marcos where he learned English as I found him very articulate, knowledgeable and with a good sense of humor. To my pleasant surprise and astonishment, he told me that he learned it by himself, mainly online. He then started practicing with visiting tourists until he became more comfortable leading tours himself.      

Nine takeaways from the 2015 Trends in International Math and Science Study Results

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The highest performing countries are paying extra attention to the quality of their teachers. (Photo: Dominic Chavez / World Bank)

The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) released the results of its latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) yesterday, November 29. TIMSS 2015 assessed more than 600,000 students in grades four, eight, and the final year of secondary school across 60 education systems.

Education: Measuring for Success in Today’s World

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Also available in: Русский


It’s been said that learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century. Sound a little exhausting? The fact is that there are fewer and fewer jobs being created that rely on rote tasks and memorization. There are more and more jobs that require creativity, teamwork, problem solving, and ongoing learning. Indeed, it’s fair to say that the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. Children need to start acquiring these skills and attitudes early on, which is why education systems around the world are increasingly focused on reforms that involve setting and measuring new goals for learning that will better ensure their graduates’ success in today’s world.

Образование: Оценивание для достижения успеха в современных условиях

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Есть мнение, что в 21-м веке большинство взрослых будут зарабатывать на жизнь благодаря тому, что станут приобретать знания. Трудно, не так ли? Но дело в том, что сейчас появляется всё меньше рабочих мест, где требуется механическое выполнение заданий и простое запоминание. Всё чаще востребованными оказываются творческий подход, навыки работы в группе, умение решать проблемы и непрерывное обучение. Пожалуй, можно сказать, что в 21-м веке неграмотными будут считаться не те, кто не умеет писать и читать, а те, кто неспособен обучаться, забывать выученное ранее и научаться повторно. Необходимо, чтобы дети развивали такие навыки и отношение с самого начала; именно поэтому в образовательных системах разных стран всё больше внимания уделяют осуществлению реформ, которые предусматривают формулирование новых целей обучения и измерение степени их достижения, так чтобы с большей вероятностью обеспечить выпускникам успех в современном мире.