Highlights from Education at a Glance 2008 is a new companion publication to the OECD’s flagship compendium of education statistics, Education at a Glance. It provides easily accessible data on key topics in education today, including:
· Education levels and student numbers: How far have adults studied, and what access do young people have to education?
· The economic benefits of education: How does education affect people’s job prospects and what is its impact on incomes?
· Paying for education: What share of public spending goes on education, and what is the role of private spending?
· The school environment: How many hours do teachers work and how does class size vary?
· PISA: A special section introduces findings from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which examines the abilities of 15-year-old students in 57 countries and territories.
Each indicator is presented on a two-page spread. The left-hand page explains the significance of the indicator, discusses the main findings, examines key trends and provides readers with a roadmap for finding out more in the OECD’s education databases and in other OECD education publications. The right-hand page contains clearly presented charts and tables, accompanied by dynamic hyperlinks (StatLinks) that direct readers to the corresponding data in Excel™ format.
Highlights from Education at a Glance 2008 is an ideal introduction to the OECD’s unrivalled collection of internationally comparable data on education and learning.
- Date de publication :
- 20 fév 2009
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What is PISA?
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PISA seeks to measure how well students who are nearing the end of compulsory education are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s knowledge societies – what PISA refers to as "literacy". The aim of the assessment is not to judge the extent to which students have mastered a specific school curriculum. Rather, it focuses on young people’s ability to use their knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges.
The tests involve a sample of 15-year-old students in each country, who complete pencil-and-paper measuring reading, mathematical and scientific literacy. Students also fill in questionnaires about themselves, which cover a range of questions, including their attitudes to learning and their family background, while their principals complete questionnaires about their schools.