On the occasion of the international results presentation of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012, the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), the platform for school students in Europe, hereby expresses its concerns about the alarming tendency to rely on standardised tests for the assessment of student performance and subsequently of national educational systems.
From 29th to 31st October 2013, the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum took place atthe UNESCO headquarters in Paris. An OBESSU delegation composed by Daniele Di Mitri and Dejan Bojanic from the OBESSU Board took part as observers to the activities. The main objective of the Forum was to formulate strategic recommendations for UNESCO’s Member States to be submitted to them during the 37th session of the Organisation’s General Conference. The discussions were divided into three main axis: i) Policy formulation and review with youth participation; ii) Capacity development for the transition to adulthood; iii) Civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation. More than four hundreds young national representatives from all around the globe, divided into three working groups, shared their views and formulated the final recommendations.
OBESSU raised various points especially concerning the importance of addressing the issue of quality and accessible education, especially for the disadvantage groups who, particularly in a phase of general financial contraction, are groups at risk.
Written by Daniele Di Mitri, OBESSU Board Member
Learning outcomes have centred in discussions at European level more or less since 2004 and it is a topic which is overarching and which links together a range of different European education initiatives. What is now known as the learning outcomes approach is where learning outcomes are at the centre of developments in the field of education. The shift to learning outcomes approach has been gaining speed since 2009 and is now seen for example in several National Qualifications Frameworks of education. However, learning outcomes, as the name suggests, focus on the “final product” of education, what the learner needs to know and be able to do after finishing education. Another process, the quality assurance, focuses on the entire process of education, and on 28th and 29th of November the European Commission organised a peer learning activity (PLA) to find out how quality assurance can support the learning outcomes and vice versa.