Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thursday Interview: Andreas Schleicher and What We Can Learn about Education from International Data

Join me Thursday, April 25th, for a live and interactive conversation with Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Andreas specifically has oversight of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

PISA is an international study that was launched by the OECD in 1997. It aims to evaluate education systems worldwide every three years by assessing 15-year-olds' competencies in the key subjects: reading, mathematics and science. PISA emphasizes functional skills that students have acquired as they near the end of compulsory schooling, and includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as problem solving. To date over 70 countries and economies have participated in PISA.

The PISA results have generated very significant reactions, which include: the focus on Finland's educational system because of the unexpected and consistently top results from Finnish students; the highest-place results for Shanghai in 2009 when China students were included for the first time; and the comparatively low results for the United States (in 2009, 31st in Maths, 23rd in Sciences, and 17th in Reading).

We'll talk with Andreas about what data from high-performing school systems around the world tells about best practices in education, and look to uncover promising practices and the future of education internationally. This is a special event held in partnership with the Asia Society as part of their year-long Global Learning for Educators webinar series.

Date: Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and an audio mp3 recording us at and at
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and to continue the conversation is at

Andreas Schleicher is Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to OECD’s Secretary-General. He also provides strategic oversight over OECD’s work on the development and utilisation of skills and their social and economic outcomes. This includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES). Before joining the OECD, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He 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.

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