Problem-solving skills put to the test worldwide

OECD study ranks Scottish pupils above average but shows room for improvement

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Depending on the paper or magazine you read, last week you might have heard that Scottish pupils “perform well” in a new international test of group problem-solving, that there is a yawning attainment gap between rich and poor, or that Scottish school children lag behind their English peers.

Here, we give a fuller picture and reveal the concerns about the test itself – devised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the first large-scale test of its kind.

What did the test find?

Scottish 15-year-olds, who were tested on group problem-solving as part of the ...

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