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OECD Factbook 2008

Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics

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OECD Factbook 2008 is the fourth edition of a comprehensive and dynamic statistical annual from the OECD. More than 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: economy, agriculture, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health and quality of life, industry, information and communications, population/labour force, trade and investment, taxation, public expenditure and R&D. This year, the OECD Factbook features a focus chapter on productivity. Data are provided for all OECD member countries with area totals, and in some cases, for selected non-member economies. For each indicator, there is a two-page spread. A text page includes a short introduction followed by a detailed definition of the indicator, comments on comparability of the data, an assessment of long-term trends related to the indicator, and a list of references for further information on the indicator. The next page contains a table and a graph providing - at a glance - the key message conveyed by the data. A dynamic link (StatLink) is provided for each table directing the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in Excel® format.

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International student assessment

How effective are school systems at providing young people with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that will equip them for life and learning beyond school? OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assesses student knowledge and skills in science, mathematics and reading at age 15, i.e. towards the end of compulsory education. PISA 2006 also assessed the attitudes which students have towards science and the environment, their interest in science, the extent to which they are aware of the life opportunities that possessing science competencies may open, and the science learning opportunities and environment which their schools offer.

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