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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How does student performance vary between and within schools?

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

As well as examining variations in the performance of 15-year-old students between different countries, PISA also provides an opportunity to examine variations in performance within countries. Such variations are important as they may reflect the impact of non-educational factors on student performance, especially the impact of students’ socio-economic background. Identifying the characteristics of students, schools and education systems that perform well despite the impact of social disadvantage can provide clues to making education policy more effective in overcoming inequalities.

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