Education Policy Outlook 2019

Working Together to Help Students Achieve their Potential

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Taking the perspective of institutions and the system, Education Policy Outlook 2019: Working Together to Help Students Achieve their Potential, analyses the evolution of key education priorities and key education policies in 43 education systems. It compares more recent developments in education policy ecosystems (mainly between 2015 and 2019) with various education policies adopted between 2008 and 2014. This report includes around 460 education policy developments (with evidence of progress or impact for over 200 of them) spanning from early childhood education and care to higher education and lifelong learning on topics related to school improvement, evaluation and assessment, governance and funding. It looks into “what is being done”, as well as “why and how it works” to help education systems gain better understanding of how policies can have greater opportunities of success in their specific contexts.




Better decisions on education policy can help prepare future generations for the way the world is changing and the challenges facing societies today. This chapter begins by examining some of the global trends affecting education systems, exploring the opportunities and challenges that these trends bring and identifying overarching themes emerging from the analysis of the subsequent chapters of this report. It then provides an overview of the key policy priorities and trends identified later in this report across OECD countries from 2008-19 within the areas of school improvement, evaluation and assessment, governance and funding. It also introduces readers to the main policy responses to the common challenges seen in those policy areas during the same period. As such, it prepares the ground for the more detailed analysis of policy priorities, responses and impact found in the body of this report.



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