Exclusive Video: Creative Problem Solving

PISA and Problem Solving

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

Released April 1, 2014 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. 

By clicking the video to the left, you can 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 President Bob Wise and Senior Fellow Robert Rothman to discuss the report and its implications for U.S. education policy. Among the topics of discussion were universal access to preschool, the Common Core State Standards, and the “deeper learning” competencies that all students need to succeed in college and a career.

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

 

The PISA 2012 Results

On December 3, 2013, the Alliance for Excellent Education and its partners hosted PISA Day to explore the latest results from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The daylong event included the official announcement by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria of the international results of the PISA with discussions of implications for U.S. education policy. It also included a presentation by Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General of the OECD, containing in-depth findings from the report and a student panel discussion moderated by Amanda Ripley, author of the bestselling The Smartest Kids in the World And How They Got That Way. The day concluded with discussions with education policy leaders on implications of the results for policy, teaching, and economic growth. 

PISA Day Webcast Archive