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How Do U.S. Students’ Problem-Solving Skills Compare to Their Peers in the Highest-Performing Countries?

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April 01, 2014 09:59 am

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Released this morning by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), PISA 2012 Results: Creative Problem Solving: Students’ Skills in Tackling Real-Life Problems, is the OECD’s first assessment of problem-solving skills and its first attempt to measure the creative skills that today’s economy demands from its workers.

Click on the video above to watch the first presentation of this important report directly from Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD’s Secretary-General, on how American fifteen-year-olds perform compared to their peers in top-performing nations.

After his presentation, Schleicher sat down with Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise and Senior Fellow Robert Rothman to discuss the report and its implications for U.S. education policy. Topics of discussion included universal access to preschool, Common Core State Standards, and “deeper learning” competencies that all students need to succeed in college and a career.

Watch Schleicher’s presentation at http://youtu.be/WdE4vISrz2o.

Download the complete OECD report, PISA 2012 Results: Creative Problem Solving: Students’ Skills in Tackling Real-Life Problems, at http://www.oecd.org/pisa/.

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