Education at a Glance 2013

OECD Indicators

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Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for accurate and relevant information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in more than 40 countries, including OECD members and G20 partners.

Featuring more than 100 charts, 200 tables, and over 100 000 figures, Education at a Glance provides key information on the ouput of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.

In the 2013 edition, new material includes:

  • More recent data on the economic crisis, showing that education remains the best protection against unemployment;
  • More detailed data on programme orientation (general versus vocational) in secondary and tertiary education;
  • An analysis of how work status (full-time, part-time, involuntary part-time) is related to individuals’ level of education;
  • A review of the relationship between fields of education and tuition fees, unemployment rates and earnings premiums;
  • An indicator showing how many of the students who enter a tertiary programme ultimately graduate from it;
  • An indicator on the relationship between educational attainment and two health-related concerns, obesity and smoking; and
  • Trend data covering the years 1995 to 2010-11 for all the key indicators.

    The Excel™ spreadsheets used to create the tables and charts in Education at a Glance are available via the StatLinks provided throughout the publication.

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If current patterns of graduation continue, 89% of young people in Ireland today will obtain an upper secondary qualification in the course of their lifetimes. Educational attainment in Ireland has increased significantly since 2000. The proportion of adults with below upper secondary education has decreased by 16 percentage points while the proportion of adults with tertiary education has increased by virtually the same amount, reaching 38% in 2011. This boost in educational attainment in recent years is largely due to the younger generations; 38% of 25-34 year-olds have an upper secondary education as the highest level of attainment and 47% have tertiary qualifications. This represents not only an important cross-generational change compared with older adults (with attainment rates of 29% and 23% respectively), but places Ireland above the OECD average of 39% of 25-34 year-olds with a tertiary qualification. For this age group, Ireland is now ranked behind only Canada, Japan and Korea.


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