OECD Project on Assessing Progress in Creative and Critical Thinking Skills in Education
Between April and July 2017, the OECD launched a two-year pilot program with a dual purpose, on the one hand, to provide a toolbox for creativity and critical thinking to teachers, and on the other hand to include creativity measures in the 2021 PISA study.
Creativity and critical thinking skills have become the focus of the OECD, as more research has shown (eg the World Economic Forum) that these are the main drivers of economic competitiveness, but unfortunately at the same time the most lacking skills in today’s workers, according to employers’ feedback.
Five countries participated in the first half of the two-year period (Hungary, Thailand, Slovakia, USA, France) and in the second phase 14 countries have already been nominated. The Hungarian participation was justified by the fact that in the whole of Europe, only the English and the Hungarians had a program of developing creativity of students (Creative Partnership program), with evidence based evaluation. Creative Partnership has been adapted to Hungary by the team of T-Tudok.