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

Who participates in education?

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

A well-educated population is essential to a country’s economic and social development, so societies have a real interest in ensuring that children and adults have access to a wide range of educational opportunities. This indicator examines access to education, and its evolution, from 1995 to 2006. It looks mainly at when children begin their education and how long they remain in schooling. At the other end of the scale, it looks at the number of young people who continue studying once compulsory education has ended.

English Also available in: French

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