Education at a Glance 2008

OECD Indicators

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This 2008 edition of Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators provides a rich, comparable and up-to-date array of indicators on the performance of education systems in OECD countries and represents the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally. The indicators look at who participates in education, what is spent on it and how education systems operate and at 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.

New material in this edition includes: entry rates in tertiary education by field of study; data on the skills of 15-year-olds in science; an analysis of the socio-economic background of 15-year-olds and the role of their parents; data on the extent to which the socio-economic status of parents affects students' participation in higher education; data on the returns to education; data on the governance of higher education institutions; an analysis of efficiency in the use of resources; data on evaluations and assessments within education systems; and a comparison of the levels of decision-making in education across countries

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The Output of Educational Institutions and the Impact of Learning

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This indicator profiles the educational attainment of the adult population, as captured through formal educational qualifications. As such, it provides a proxy for the knowledge and skills available to national economies and societies. To have a better understanding of the demand for education, the distribution of occupations across OECD countries and the matching of tertiary-educated individuals to skilled jobs are also examined in this indicator. Data on attainment by fields of education and by age groups are used to examine the distribution of skills in the population and to furnish a rough measure of skills that have recently entered the labour market and of those that will be leaving the labour market in the coming years.

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