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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Indicator Concepts and Methodologies

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This Chapter turns to the statistics and indicators that are derived from the raw data. It aims to explain the concepts, methodologies and conventions used in the calculation of these statistics and indicators and the measurement issues that arise. The chapter does not seek to describe in detail every indicator that appears or ever has appeared in Education at a Glance (EAG). Instead it focuses on the key indicators or groups of indicators which appear in EAG which have conceptual or methodological aspects which are worthy of explanation; it is a catalogue of indicator methodologies rather than a catalogue of indicators. Thus, indicators which are straightforward summaries of the data items as collected (e.g. the proportion of graduates who are female) are not covered here. In the indicators that are covered, the level of detail ...


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