Highlights from Education at a Glance 2008

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Highlights from Education at a Glance 2008 is an introduction to OECD’s collection of internationally comparable data on education and learning. It includes data on enrolment and attainment, impacts on jobs and incomes, educational spending, class size and instruction time, and performance of education systems.


Each indicator is presented on a two-page spread. The left-hand page explains the significance of the indicator, discusses the main findings, examines key trends and provides readers with a roadmap for finding out more in the OECD education databases and in other OECD education publications. The right-hand page contains clearly presented charts and tables, accompanied by dynamic hyperlinks (StatLinks) that direct readers to the corresponding data in Excel™ format.

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What share of public spending goes on education?

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Public spending on education, as a percentage of total public spending, indicates the value placed on education relative to that of other public investments, such as health care, social security, and defence and national security. Since the second half of the 1990s, education has had to compete with a wide range of other areas covered by government budgets for public financial support. This indicator evaluates the change in spending on education both in absolute terms and relative to changes in the size of public budgets.

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