What did OECD Find in its First-Ever Survey on Social Emotional Skills

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In a Thursday afternoon session hosted by SMART Technologies, education experts from around the world discussed the results of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s global Survey on Social and Emotional Skills, its first-ever international comparative assessment of student social-emotional development.

Some of the most shocking findings included that on average, 15-year-olds showed lower social-emotional skills than their 10-year-old peers, according to results detailed in a report titled “Beyond Academic Learning” as well as a series of additional reports focused specifically on 10 participating cities worldwide, including Houston, Texas.

Additionally, the survey found that, among 15-year-olds, social-emotional skills like persistence, trust and curiosity correlate positively to academic performance, while skills like stress resistance, creativity and sociability were associated less with academic performance.

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