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[caption id="attachment_9255" align="alignright" width="234" caption="Source: OECD. (February 2011). PISA in Focus 1: Does participation in pre-primary education translate into better learning outcomes at school?)"][/caption] The new report, Starting well, by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and the Lien Foundation profiled in our Global Perspectives section this...

[caption id="attachment_9016" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Kathrin Hoeckel, Policy Analyst at the OECD"][/caption] In May 2012, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its much-anticipated Skills Strategy, a major new initiative aimed at helping governments improve their economies through comprehensive skills policies.  Kathrin Hoeckel, a Policy...

[caption id="attachment_9030" align="alignright" width="291" caption="Education in a Changing World: Flexibility, Skills and Employability."][/caption] The World Bank (2012). Education in a Changing World: Flexibility, Skills and Employability. In order to provide students with 21st century skills, curriculum and examinations must teach and test teamwork, leadership, and communication skills,...

Marc Tucker’s upcoming speaking engagement at the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium prompted the Governor’s Special Assistant for Education, Linda Fandel, to post about Standing on the Shoulders of Giants on the Iowa.gov web site.  Peter Callaghan, a columnist for the News Tribune, recently...

[caption id="attachment_8773" align="alignright" width="190" caption="Source: IEA. (2012). Policy, Practice and Readiness to Teach Primary and Secondary Mathematics in 17 Countries."][/caption] Click here to view the full graphic Recently, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) released a study on teacher preparation in seventeen countries. ...