Funding and reference group
A reference group with leading representatives for companies and government authorities is connected to the commission in order to provide intellectual and financial support. The role of the reference group is to give views on the aim and direction of the project and to meet the researchers in the course of the work in order to provide views.
The reference group consists of The Swedish National Agency for Education, The Swedish Association of School Principals and Directors of Education, The Swedish Schools Inspectorate, Tieto, Ernst & Young, The Swedish Teachers’ Union, City of Stockholm, Theducation AB, Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, SKL, LO and Viktor Rydbergs Schools Foundation. Additional agents might be added. The chairman of the reference group is Peter Gudmundsson, rector at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology.
The commission expert group
An expert group is also connected to the SNS Educational Commission.
On May 11 2011, there was a presentation of the SNS Educational Commission in an article at DN-debatt signed by the members of the expert group that is connected to the project.
The expert group consists of: Anders Björklund, Professor of Economics, Swedish Institute for Social Research, SOFI, Stockholm University, Arvid Carlsson, Professor, Nobel Laureate in Medicine 2000, Anna Ekström, Director General of the Swedish National Agency for Education, Inger Enkvist, Professor of Languanges and Litterature, Lund University, Jan-Eric Gustafsson, Professor of Pedagogy, University of Gothenburg, Lars Heikensten, Director of the Nobel Foundation, Torkel Klingberg, Professor of Neuroscience, KI, Lars Leijonborg, Chairman of the Friskoleutredningen (The Free School Commission), Pär Nuder, former Minister of Finance, Bengt Samuelsson, Professor, Nobel Laurate in Medicine 1982, and Sverker Sörlin, Professor of Enviornmental History, KTH.
SWEDEN’S PISA COLLAPSE
On 4 December, the SNS Education Commission held a seminar to discuss PISA 2012, the OECD study measuring student knowledge and skills in different countries. Also discussed was the new component, the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which measures the knowledge and skills of the adult population. The study has attracted considerable attention in both Swedish and international debates.
HOW SUSTAINABLE IS SWEDEN’S NEW TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMME?
In the autumn of 2011, a new teacher training programme was implemented in Sweden, one of a number of teacher training reforms carried out within a relatively short period. What challenges does teacher training still face? Can the long standing conflict about teacher training now be set aside or will further changes be needed? The SNS Education Commission invited participants to join a dialogue about the new teacher training programme.
SWEDEN’S TUMBLE IN GLOBAL EDUCATION RANKING: IN NORWAY, THE NEGATIVE TREND HAS BEEN REVERSED
Within the scope of the SNS Education Commission, SNS held a seminar about the negative trend in the global education rankings. Results from the international PIRLS and TIMSS surveys were presented. Also discussed were what measures had led Norway to reverse its negative trend and what Swedish policy makers could learn from this.