The way we read and absorb text has changed dramatically over the last few decades. The internet has transported the written word from the confines of a few carefully curated books to the phone screens in everyone’s pocket, and accredited publishers are no longer the gatekeepers of what and how we read – in the 21st century, anyone can publish with almost no constraints. This has made reading a far more complex task than before. How can we verify what we read online? What skills are involved in evaluating the trustworthiness of a source and understanding the information provided? In 2018, the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) addressed reading as its main subject, and the reading framework was devised to include essential reading skills in a digital world, aiming to provide important insights into how 15-year-old students are developing reading skills to navigate the technology-rich 21st century, and how this varies by geography, social background or gender. It also explores what teachers can do to help students navigate ambiguity and manage complexity.
Join Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills, as he presents the latest finds from PISA 2018, published in the upcoming report "21st-Century Readers: Developing Literacy Skills in a Digital World."