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OECD Submits Report To Swedish Government On Educational Reforms

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OECD says that Sweden’s performance in the OECD’s PISA survey has declined over the past decade from around average to significantly below average. No other country taking part in PISA has seen a steeper fall.

OECD presents Swedish school review

Today, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) presented the Government with its report ‘Improving schools in Sweden: An OECD Perspective’.

The review was conducted in light of Swedish pupils’ falling performance in the OECD’s PISA survey. Work began in March 2014, the OECD presented its preliminary conclusions in Stockholm in December the same year, and the final report was presented today.

In April 2015, the Government appointed a schools commission, headed by Anna Ekström.

“We welcome the OECD’s report and will now pass it to the schools commission. Partly based on the OECD’s recommendations, the schools commission will submit proposals aimed at improving learning outcomes, teaching and equity in Swedish schools.

The commission will present its proposals by January 2017,” says Aida Hadzialic, Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training.

The recommendations of the OECD report focus on three priorities: conditions that promote quality and equity across Swedish schools, a long-term human resource strategy to build capacity for improved teaching and learning, and strengthened policy steering and accountability with a focus on improvement.

“The Government is already investing in many of the measures that the OECD recommends. For instance, the Government has announced a primary school pledge with targeted efforts for the early school years and a long-term strategy to make the teaching profession more attractive by investing in higher teachers’ salaries, an educational research institute and measures to reduce teachers’ administrative burden,” says Gustav Fridolin, Minister for Education.

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Background Note: OECD


The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. They work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. They measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. They analyse and compare data to predict future trends. They set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

They also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take.

They compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

Drawing on facts and real-life experience, They recommend policies designed to improve the quality of people’s lives. They work with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, and with labor, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee. They have active contacts as well with other civil society organisations.

The common thread of their work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the well being of all citizens. Along the way, they also set out to make life harder for the terrorists, tax dodgers, crooked businessmen and others whose actions undermine a fair and open society.

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