Education at a Glance 2009

OECD Indicators

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The 2009 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 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 first results from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) on teacher practices as well as teacher appraisal and feedback; an analysis of the social benefits of education; information on long-term unemployment and involuntary part-time work among young adults; a review of trends in attainment; data on the incentives to invest in education which show the benefits of education in dollar amount across OECD countries; and a picture of excellence in education for 15-year-olds, based on findings from the PISA study.

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How much appraisal and feedback do teachers receive, and what is the impact?

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This indicator focuses on the appraisal and feedback that teachers receive and the impact that this has on schools and teachers at the lower secondary level of education. Evaluation can play a key role in school improvement and teacher development (OECD, 2008c). Providing feedback can help teachers to better understand their respective strengths and weaknesses which, in turn, can be an important first step towards the improvement of classroom practices. Identifying such strengths and weaknesses, informing resource allocation decisions, and motivating actors to improve performance are important features that can promote policy objectives such as school improvement, school accountability, and school choice. Data were collected from both school principals and teachers in TALIS (Teaching and Learning International Survey) on these and related issues such as the recognition and rewards that teachers receive. Analysis of this data has produced a number of important findings for all stakeholders in school education.

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