CJ Koh Professorship: Symposium entitled 'Lessons from PISA About Some of the World's Best Performing Education Systems'

CJ Koh Professorship: Symposium entitled 'Lessons from PISA About Some of the World's Best Performing Education Systems'

Date & Time

01 November 2011, 00:00




Office of Education Research (OER)

Events Details

Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm

Synopsis / Presentation Slides
In a global economy, where the benchmark for educational success is no longer improvement by national standards alone but the best performing education systems internationally, OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has become an important reference point for judging educational outcomes. Whether in Asia, Europe or in North America, some countries display strong overall performance in PISA and, equally important, show that poor performance in school does not automatically follow from a disadvantaged socio-economic background. Furthermore, some countries show that success can become a consistent and predictable educational outcome, with very little performance variation across schools. Perhaps most intriguingly, some countries demonstrate that rapid progress can be achieved within less than a decade, thus dispelling the myth that success in education is all about culture and context.

The lecture will examine the education reform trajectories of some of these high performing and rapidly improving education systems looking at aspects ranging from how they set and monitor their goals, generate and manage their human and financial resources and design their accountability systems.

Andreas Schleicher is Special Advisor on Education Policy to Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Secretary-General. As Head of OECD’s programmes on indicators and analysis in the Directorate for Education, he is also responsible for the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems and on the impact of knowledge and skills on economic and social outcomes, including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), the Programme for Measurement on Teachers, Teaching and Learning and the Education Indicators Programme (INES). Before joining the OECD in 1994, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA).

Professor Schleicher studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 'Theodor Heuss' prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for "exemplary democratic engagement". He holds an honorary professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Attendance is by invitation.

Light refreshments will be served after the symposium.