Education at a Glance

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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OECD's annual Education at a Glance looks at who participates in education, what is spent on it, how education systems operate and the results achieved. The latter includes indicators on a wide range of outcomes, from comparisons of students’ performance in key subject areas to the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment. This book includes StatLinks, urls linking to Excel® spreadsheets containing the background data.

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Education at a Glance 2003

Education at a Glance 2003

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16 Sep 2003
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The 2003 edition of Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries' performance. It provides a rich, comparable and up-to-date array of indicators on the performance of education systems that represent the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally.

The focus of the 2003 edition of Education at a Glance is on the quality of learning outcomes, the policy levers and contextual factors that shape these outcomes, and the broader private and social returns that accrue to investments in education. This includes a comparative picture of student performance near the beginning and end of compulsory education that extends to knowledge and skills in important subject areas as well as patterns of learning strategies and engagement in learning. The picture is not limited to aggregate country performance, but also incorporates variations within countries. This allows for an examination of issues of equity in the provision and outcomes of education, on dimensions such as gender, age, socio-economic background, type of institution, or field of education. This report also includes new information on student learning conditions which provides a better understanding of some of the determinants of educational success. This information elaborates on the integration of information and communication technologies in the instructional process, as well as on teacher qualifications, teacher working conditions and other factors affecting teacher demand and supply.

Finally, for many indicators, a significantly larger number of OECD countries are now providing data. Through the World Education Indicators programme, a wide range of non-member countries have also contributed to this year’s edition of Education at a Glance, extending the coverage of some of the indicators to almost two-thirds of the world population.

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  • Introduction and Reader's Guide

    Education at a Glance – OECD Indicators 2003 provides a rich, comparable and up-to-date array of indicators that reflect a consensus among professionals on how to measure the current state of education internationally. The indicators provide information on the human and financial resources invested in education, on how education and learning systems operate and evolve, and on the returns to educational investments. The indicators are organised thematically, and each is accompanied by relevant background information…

  • The Output of Educational Institutions and the Impact of Learning

    Chapter A begins by examining graduation rates at the upper secondary level of education which is often considered the baseline qualification in modern societies (Indicator A1). The indicator speaks both to the current output of educational institutions (Framework Cells 1.C and 1.D). To gauge progress in educational output, current graduation rates are compared to the educational attainment of older persons who left the education system at different points in time…

  • Financial and Human Resources Invested in Education

    Chapter B considers the financial and human resources invested in education, in terms of…

    Financial resources are a central policy lever for improving educational outcomes. As an investment in human skills, education can help to foster economic growth and enhance productivity, contribute to personal and social development, and reduce social inequality. But like any investment, education needs to be financed. After Chapter A examined the returns to education, Chapter B provides a comparative examination of spending patterns in OECD countries. By giving more emphasis to trends in educational spending, the 2003 edition of Education at a Glance 2003 seeks to analyse how different demand and supply factors

    interact and how spending on education, compared to spending on other social priorities, has changed.

    …the resources that each country invests in education relative to its number of students enrolled,…

  • Access to Education, Participation and Progression

    Chapter C looks at access to education, participation and progression, in terms of…

    A well-educated population has become a defining feature of a modern society. Education is seen as a mechanism for instilling civic values, and as a means for developing individuals’ productive and social capacity. Early childhood programmes prepare young children socially and academically for primary education. Primary and secondary education provides basic skills that serve as a foundation for young people to become productive members of society. Tertiary education provides opportunities for acquiring advanced knowledge and skills, either immediately after initial schooling or later. Many employers encourage ongoing training, and assist workers in upgrading or re-orienting their skills to meet the demands of changing technologies. Chapter C sketches a comparative picture of access, participation and progression in education across OECD countries.

    …the expected duration of schooling, overall and at the different levels of education,…

  • The Learning Environment and Organisation of Schools

    Chapter D examines the learning environment and organisation of schools, in terms of…

    Chapters A, B and C examined financial resources invested in education, patterns of participation, and the results of education in terms of student achievement and the labour market outcomes of education. Chapter D concludes the publication with an examination of student learning conditions, teacher working conditions in education systems and aspects of teacher demand and supply more generally.

    …student learning conditions,…

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