OECD Handbook for Internationally Comparative Education Statistics

Concepts, Standards, Definitions and Classifications

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This handbook provides answers to questions such as "What is a teacher?", "What do we mean by public education expenditure?" as well as questions concerning the use of the indicators "How should I interpret expenditure per student?" "What is it measuring?".  In so doing, the handbook aims to facilitate a greater understanding of the OECD statistics and indicators produced and so allow for their more effective use in policy analysis.  Equally, it provides a ready reference of international standards and conventions for others to follow in the collection and assimilation of educational data.  This publication describes the methodology used in the International Survey of Upper Secondary Schools(ISUSS) and in related OECD publications and allows researchers to understand and replicate its analyses.

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Data Quality Issues

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This chapter examines issues surrounding the quality of the OECD international education data. This begins with a declaration of the OECD commitment to data quality and the quality framework in which the education data are collected, compiled and disseminated. The types of data quality problems that arise and why they arise are then discussed, together with a description of what OECD does to assess and address these. Some suggestions then follow on making estimates for missing data and the chapter concludes with an account of the main data quality issues that remain to be tackled in the international education data. ...


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