The Survey measures the skills that are most important for life, especially for academic achievements and employment.
SSES is to determine the factors that support or hinder the development of social and emotional skills. For this purpose, 10-year-old and 15-year-old students from 15 countries will be involved.
Social and emotional skills (also called soft skills, or the 21st century skills) are individual capabilities, features, and characteristics that can be developed across the lifespan and are important for academic achievements, competitive benefits on the labor market, active citizenship, and human well-being. These skills include behavioral patterns, inner states, problem solving approaches, the ability to control one’s actions, understand emotional states, and manage them.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been a reliable partner of Ukraine in matters related to its introduction of democratic reforms, economy development, improvement of the public administration sector, etc.
One of important areas of OECD’s activities is introduction of various projects aimed at development of education systems. OECD has been conducting large-scale education research like PISA and PIAAC, the results of which are used to create recommendations on drafting education policies and reforms for development of education sectors of various countries.
In 2016, Ukraine joined PISA, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, aimed at comparing education systems of about 80 countries of the world through measuring students’ ability in reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges. PISA results are the source of unique data that allow making political decisions in education sector as well as learn and adopt best practices of the world’s leading education systems.
EdCamp Ukraine is the organizer of SSES in Ukraine, designated by OECD as the National SSES Center.
The State Service of Education Quality (SSEQ) of Ukraine acts as a co-organizer of the Survey.
Advisory Council for Promotion of General Secondary Education System Development under the President of Ukraine
Institute of Current Challenges in Education at the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine
the Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the OECD
Academic schooling outcomes… are just part of the story of what makes individuals, businesses and countries successful. Employers greatly value such skills and many education and skills systems seek to prioritize their development. But it has always proved difficult to measure such skills in reasonably reliable and comparable ways, and what isn’t measured rarely gets improved. With this work, we are opening a new chapter on this.
educator, Australian Council for Educational Research, SSES global manager
The development of cognitive, social, and emotional skills interacts and, in this interaction, are mutually influenced. For example, children who have strongly developed skills in self-control or perseverance are more likely to finish reading a book, or finish their homework, which in turn contributes to further enhanced cognitive skills. More education systems identify social and emotional skills as being of primary importance in the development of 21st century skills.
the Head of the Board of EdCamp Ukraine NGO
Over the past year, we got a lot of evidence from Ukrainian teachers who teach SEE Learning about how efficient and helpful social and emotional learning has been and how powerfully it has been supporting students, parents, and educators amid the war, threats, and uncertainty. Therefore, it’s extremely valuable to measure what promotes and what hinders the development of social and emotional skills to be able to lean on this experience when revitalizing Ukraine after the war. The Survey will also help us explore the role of the New Ukrainian School in this process.
the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Education, Science, and Innovations
Ukrainian school graduates are on average lagging two years behind their European peers in terms of academic achievements. While PISA measures this through assessing educational losses, SSES does so by exploring social and emotional skills. Not only with students, but also with teachers and parents.
the Head of the Service of Education Quality of Ukraine
SSES will allow us to look at ourselves from outside our education system. The Survey will reveal pros and cons in the implementation of Ukraine’s education strategy. We will be able to see where things should be improved, and to work on education policies, teacher training and retraining practices, cooperation with parents and students, with communities and education managers. We will be able to strengthen certain components of social and emotional skills and improve our efforts to let students develop soft skills in schools.
the Head of the Advisory Council for Promotion of General Secondary Education System Development under the President of Ukraine
This is not a one-day endeavor. A change in education can only show in two years. We can buy new equipment and open a new school. But seeing a teacher who thinks outside of the box, who is loved and listened to by students — this is a complex evolutionary process.
the Director of the Ukrainian Center for Education Quality Assessment, the national coordinator of PISA in Ukraine
For the participating countries, the international research on education is, on one hand, an inexhaustible source of information about various experiences and approaches in the area of education; on the other hand, it is an ultra modern platform for a dialogue with leading global and regional leaders in politics, management, analytics, and educational practice. And, most importantly, it is a mirror that allows seeing the state of Ukrainian education objectively, without distortions, embellishments or prejudices.
the Director of the Institute of Current Challenges in Education at the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine
The Survey on Social and Emotional Skills is extremely needed for the system of general secondary education of Ukraine because this sphere of personality development remains a terra incognita, an unknown land. Until now, Ukrainian pedagogical science, with regard to personality development, has been ratio-centered. SSES will provide an opportunity to enrich it with important data on the formation of social and emotional skills of students, in particular those who study the SEEL program.
the First Deputy Director of the Institute of Educational Analytics
SSES is based on standardized approaches to sample formation, which ensures comparability of the results of Ukraine with other countries, including identification of strengths and weaknesses of the system. The stratified general population of Ukraine’s schools with a number of sub-parameters allows obtaining national results with the detailing required for qualitative analysis. The sample support team from OECD, represented by the Spanish 2E Estudios, Evaluaciones e Investigación, works with the Ukrainian team as quickly and professionally as possible.
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