Andreas Schleicher (born July 7, 1964 in Hamburg ) is a German statistician and educational researcher . He is with the OECD Director of the Directorate of Education; Previously, he headed the Department of Indicators and Analysis in this directorate. He is known to a wider public as the International Coordinator of the Program for International Student Assessment
Schleicher’s elementary school teacher classified him in 1974 as “unsuitable for high school”. His father, a professor of education, made sure that the 10-year-old could attend a secondary school and sent him to the Waldorf School in Hamburg-Wandsbek. There, Schleicher graduated from high school with a grade point average of 1.0.

In his last year of school, he took part in 1984 with a speech recognition software to Jugend forscht and received a special prize for it. Schleicher described these experiences as formative.

He studied physics with a focus on methods in Hamburg and completed a postgraduate course in mathematics at Deakin University , he with the 1992 Master of Science graduated. There he also worked on the TIMSS study .

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Lecture by Andreas Schleicher at re: publica 2013: “21st Century Skills”
From 1993 to 1994 he worked for the International Association for Educational Achievement at the Institute for Educational Research in the Netherlands. In 1994, he joined the OECD Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) in Paris as a project manager . From 1995 he conceived the PISA studies there. In 1997, he became deputy head of the Department of Education Statistics and Indicators ( Indicators and Analysis Division , Directorate for Education ). In 2001, he introduced the first PISA study, which received much attention in Germany. Since 2002 he has been responsible for the PISAProgram and is involved in numerous other educational projects. Schleicher also coordinated the PIAAC study published in 2013 in this capacity .

Schleicher is married and has three children. His wife Maria Teresa Siniscalco is also an educational researcher; she was inter alia, technical director of PISA 2003 in Italy.