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.

English Also available in: French

How do girls and boys do in science?

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This indicator shows the difference in performance between 15-year-old boys and girls in the PISA 2006 assessment of science literacy, which was a special focus in this most recent round of PISA. Performance was measured in three different skills: identifying scientific issues, using scientific evidence, and explaining phenomena scientifically. In many countries, the differences between genders were small compared to the differences within genders. However, overall performance could be raised significantly if the factors behind gender differences were identified and addressed.

English Also available in: French

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