"This work is published on the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the OECD"--T.p. verso.
This report is the result of a collaborative effort between the OECD and international experts with the extensive expertise in analysing the performance of education systems internationally.
OECD code: 98 2011 06 1 P.
Includes bibliographical references.
A changing yardstick for educational success
About this report
Framework for analysis
What is PISA and what can we learn from it?
How can PISA be used to help improve education systems?
Research methods employed for the country chapters
Chapter 1. How is Technology Changing Demand for Human Skills?
Chapter 2. Viewing Education in Japan through the Prism of PISA
Consistently high mean performance among 15-year-olds
Relative shares of top-performing students: Above the OECD average and, in reading, an increase over time
Relative shares of poor-performing students: Below the OECD average and stable over time
Equity in the distribution of learning opportunities
Has a demanding education system adversely affected students' mental health?
Other learning outcomes: Student engagement, strategies, and practices
The learning environment
How the Japanese education system is organized and education policies
Chapter 3. Finland: A Non-Competitive Education for a Competitive Economy
Finnish education: A brief history
Five drivers of successful reform
Education and national economic competitiveness
Lessons from Finland
The challenge ahead
Chapter 4. Singapore: Thinking Ahead
Singapore's education system: The path to becoming a learning nation
Singapore's success in education
Lessons from Singapore
Preparing Singaporeans for the future
Challenges and needs
Chapter 5. Ontario: Harnessing the Skills of Tomorrow
Understanding the Canadian system
Canadian success factors
Ontario: reforming for the future
Harnessing the skills of tomorrow, in both students and teachers
Lessons from Ontario
Chapter 6. Shanghai and Hong Kong: Learning to Learn
The cultural context
The historical context
Shanghai: a leader in reforms
Hong Kong's education system: one country, two systems
Lessons from Shanghai and Hong Kong
Final observations: Education for economic success
Chapter 7. Policy Lessons from and for Japan
Japan's past reform trajectory
Key strengths of education in Japan and policy challenges to maintain these strengths
Key features of PISA 2009.
"For decades Japan has remained at or near the top of international assessments of student learning; and in the past decade, students in Japan have become more engaged in learning. However, the government aspires to improve learning outcomes even further. Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Lessons from PISA for Japan focuses on how Japan is reforming its education system not only to produce better learning outcomes, but to equip students with the skills they need to navigate through the unpredictable labour market of the future and to participate in society as active citizens. This is the second in a series of reports examining how education systems are handling the challenge of preparing their students for a world of interconnected populations, rapid technological change, and instantaneous availability of vast amounts of information. Like the first volume, Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Lessons from PISA for the United States, this report presents examples from other countries with consistently high-performing education systems or countries that, by redesigning policies and practices, have been able to improve their education outcomes, as measured by the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the world's most comprehensive and rigorous survey of students' skills and attitudes towards learning" --Back cover.