01 December 2017
The most recent round of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development included an assessment on collaborative problem-solving skills. The test of collaborative skills is part of a move in recent years by the OECD to broaden the Pisa test to measure social and emotional skills.
Singapore students came out tops in this category.
The next round of tests – Pisa 2018 – will include a test on global competence which would look at how well students can navigate an increasingly diverse world.
In the first part, students will read about a case study, and respond to questions that evaluate their capacity to understand the complexity of the case, the multiple perspectives of the diverse actors involved, and suggest solutions. This will be followed by a questionnaire to gauge their openness towards people from other cultures, respect for cultural otherness, global-mindedness and responsibility.
In 2021, Pisa is looking to assess creative thinking.