The initial publication of literacy results from the 2011 OECD PIAAC international adult skills assessment abandoned the Level 3 proficiency standard that had been applied in reporting the results of 1987 LSUDA study, the 1994, 1996 and 1998 IALS studies and the 2003 IALSS study. The reason cited by a senior OECD official for the change was quite astounding “Level 3 is too demanding for the Italians, as 70% of their adult population fall below this threshold and that makes them feel bad.” Based on a careful analysis of the impact of skill level on individual, institutional and national success, I believe that there a strong reasons for Canada to maintain Level 3 literacy as a national standard, one that is needed to assure that we can continue to meet our collective social and economic goals.
Key elements of the evidence that supports Level 3 are presented in our paper Level 3 as a Minimum National Literacy Standard.
The underlying policy analysis was undertaken by DataAngel Policy Research.
You can download pdfs of all our documents here: DataAngel | Resources
The biggest ever global school rankings have been published, with Asian countries in the top five places and African countries at the bottom. Singapore heads the table, followed by Hong Kong, with Ghana at the bottom. The UK is in 20th place, among higher achieving European countries, with the US in 28th.
via BBC News: Asia tops biggest global school rankings
In Latin America, the regional rankings of these international tests taken by 15 year olds in maths, reading and science, are headed by diminutive Chile, ahead of economic powerhouses like Brazil and Mexico. But most countries remain off the ranking completely.
Read the full article here: Latin America’s wake-up call on global school tests | BBC News
The man in charge of the Pisa tests, Andreas Schleicher, says the evidence from around the world reveals some big myths about what makes for a successful education system.
Read the full article here: BBC News: Seven Big Myths about Top-Performing School Systems
The maths skills of teenagers in parts of the deep south of the United States are worse than in countries such as Turkey and barely above countries such as Chile and Mexico.
Read more: BBC News: US ‘in denial’ over poor maths standards
Providing an education for children in such sparsely-populated rural areas is one of China’s major challenges. While the economic and social development of these rural regions has been remarkable, China’s coastal cities are racing ahead at an even faster pace.
Read more: BBC News: Rural China’s tough lessons in resilience
The runaway success story has been the achievement of a clutch of Asian education systems. But results saw the OECD’s Andreas Schleicher challenging any stereotypes about some places having an inherent “culture” of education.
Read more: BBC News: Pisa tests – What do we know now?