Highlights from Education at a Glance 2010

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Highlights from Education at a Glance 2010 is a companion publication to the OECD’s flagship compendium of education statistics, Education at a Glance. It provides easily accessible data on key topics in education today, including: education levels and student numbers, economic and social benefits of education, education spending, the school environment (hours of instruction, class size, etc.) and school choice and parent voice.

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. Highlights from Education at a Glance 2010 is an ideal introduction to the OECD’s unrivalled collection of internationally comparable data on education and learning. 

English Also available in: French

Are schools highly regulated or autonomous?

This spread looks at schools’ autonomy – the extent to which they are free to design their own curricula, promote a religious viewpoint and set their hiring rules, and the requirement for students to take national exams, among other factors. For true school choice to exist, schools must differ so that parents can make meaningful decisions on the basis of school profiles or pedagogical practices. If all schools are identical, or very similar, choice is less attractive and less meaningful. More heavily regulated schools are assumed to be more similar to each other. On that basis, the nature and scope of regulation can be seen as influencing the amount and significance of school choice.

English Also available in: French

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