Could data help a student’s chances in later life?
Across the globe, it is safe to say that children who go to school and develop their knowledge are at a distinct advantage from their peers that don't. While this quite an obvious assumption to make, it is often difficult to pinpoint what impact this has on society as a whole.
Put simply, education is a concept that knows no boundaries. Everyone around the world is entitled to the opportunity which can provide the stepping stones to not only a good career, but positive life skills as well. However, sometimes it is important to look past the education system and analyse how vital knowledge is to the community at large.
In fact, this is exactly what the 'Skills Matter: Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills' research from the OECD looked at recently.
How do skills impact society?
8In 2013, a similar survey tested the skills of over 150,000 adults in 24 countries, including Australia. The latest research aims to build on this data with more countries and participants – providing a more in-depth answer in the process.
According to a June 28 media statement, the OECD noted that there is a clear correlation between developing skill sets and boosting economic growth.
OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher explained this in more detail.
"Without the right skills, people will languish on the margins of society, technological progress will slow and countries will struggle in the global economy," he said.
"Governments must improve their education system and work with business and unions to develop fair and inclusive policies so that everyone can participate fully in society."
Focusing on the future – is Australia doing enough?
With the world constantly changing, the next generation of Australians will face different pressure points when it comes to employment. Of course, this is an issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later – with a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report citing one possible solution.
The 'Making STEM a Primary Priority' report states that every primary school in Australia should have at least one specialist science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher to raise the educational bar. At the moment, there is a risk that complex topics and issues are watered down by schools, limiting the scope of knowledge for students.
However, with 75 per cent of the world's fastest growing jobs demanding STEM skills, PwC National Skills Leader Sara Caplan noted that this process must start in primary school.
"Either we better prepare the next generation to thrive in an increasingly technologically complex and competitive global economy or we acquiesce to lower productivity, slower growth and declining standards of living," she summarised.
Another PwC recommendation highlights the importance of data within the Australian school system. Across the STEM subjects, PwC suggests that teachers and school administrators should have access to up-to-date data about student achievement to facilitate stronger enhanced learning and targeted teaching.
As such, if issues are found within certain areas, teachers can implement different plans to ensure students continue to advance their skills. Addressing skill gaps is an ongoing issue for countries around the world, but if schools can target the right learning areas, there is no doubt the next generation is in good hands. This is where the team at Best Performance can be of assistance.
ANA – the way forward
Also known as the Annualised NAPLAN Analysis service, we offer comprehensive testing opportunities during the off NAPLAN years (4, 6, 8 and 10). Across the key subjects, including STEM, teachers can analyse individual progress and apply this to teaching strategies and personalised student plans.
Primary school is a fundamental step in the educational journey for students so let's ensure it's focussed on the right areas. For more information about the Best Performance approach, reach out to our team today.