Government at a Glance 2017

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Government at a Glance 2017 provides the latest available data on public administrations in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, and South Africa. This edition contains new indicators on public sector emploympent, institutions, budgeting practices and procedures, regulatory governance, risk management and communication, open government data and public sector innovation. This edition also includes for the first time a number of scorecards comparing the level of access, responsiveness and quality of services in three key areas: health care, education and justice.

Each indicator in the publication is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of graphs and/or charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability. A database containing qualitative and quantitative indicators on government is available on line. It is updated twice a year as new data are released.

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Student performance and equity in education

The main goal of education systems in OECD and partner countries is to equip students and adults with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their full potential. The PISA survey, conducted every three years, measures the learning outcomes of 15 years old students in reading, mathematics and science. It allows a comparison not only of national averages but also of the differences in scores across various student groups and across schools. The focus of PISA 2015 was on science. The assessment measured three key abilities: to explain scientific phenomena, to design and evaluate scientific enquiry, and to interpret data and evidence scientifically.

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