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OECD basic skills report makes grim reading

Brian Creese.  After three years of deliberation, number crunching and further evidence-seeking, the OECD has published its report on the basic skills of adults in England based on the 2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey.

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English and maths skills: do England’s young people catch up once they’re in the workplace?

Brian Creese, National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) I have lamented here before that while the OECD’s comparative assessment of 15-year-olds (PISA) is deemed sufficiently important to cause entire shifts in a country’s education policies, the adult

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PISA 2012: welcome to the Education Circus

Paul Morris The results of PISA 2012 will be announced tomorrow. Billed in the media as “education’s Olympics”, it compares the academic achievements of 15-year-old pupils around the world, ranking them according to performance and developing a compelling narrative of

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