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Andreas Schleicher, developer of the paradigm-shifting Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), explains that the size of a nation’s education budget matters less than the way in which a country invests it. PISA’s analysis of 74 school systems reveals that any state, rich or poor, can enhance its education system. getAbstract believes this enlightening lecture will enrich educators’ and policy makers’ views on pedagogy.

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Andreas Schleicher heads the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment.



Ranking nations’ education systems according to the proportion of their citizens with graduate degrees doesn’t provide a suitable assessment of pedagogical performance. Widespread joblessness among graduates and large knowledge gaps within workforces indicate that a degree doesn’t necessarily equate to “better skills and better jobs and better lives.” The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) offers an alternate evaluation method. It compares 74 school systems by testing 15-year-olds’ ability to apply their learned knowledge to “novel situations.” Students in the best-performing education systems outpace those in the worst-performing ones...

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