The OECD to launch first global assessment on students’ digital skills

By on 11/09/2015

Countries around the world are to be ranked according to their students’ digital skills.

The OECD will publish a report report on Tuesday which will discuss the differences in access to and use of ICT in relation to students’ socio-economic status, gender, geographic location, and the school a child attends.

Findings will be based on the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study from 2012, which assessed around 510,000 students in 65 economies on their reading, mathematics and science.

Tuesday’s report, titled ‘Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection’ will be based on one key question: ‘How can computers in schools be used effectively to give students the skills they need in today’s connected world?

Based on new analysis and data from the PISA 2012 assessment, the report also examines the relationship among computer access in schools, computer use in classrooms, and performance in the PISA assessment.

Since the year 2000, every three years, 15-year-old students from randomly selected schools worldwide take tests in the key subjects: reading, mathematics and science, with a focus on one subject in each year of assessment. In 2012, some economies also participated in the optional assessments of Problem Solving and Financial Literacy.

Students take a test that lasts two hours. The tests are a mixture of open-ended and multiple-choice questions that are organised in groups based on a passage setting out a real-life situation. A total of about 390 minutes of test items are covered and students take different combinations of different tests.

The students and their school principals also answer questionnaires to provide information about the students’ backgrounds, schools and learning experiences and about the broader school system and learning environment.

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About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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