Society at a Glance 2006

OECD Social Indicators

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OECD's biennial stocktaking of social indicators of OECD countries, this unique publication has been revised to be structurally similar to OECD's annual Factbook.  For each of the almost 40 indicators provided, a two-page spread shows on the left side definitions of indicators and commentaries on trends, while the right side shows tables and graphs highlighting key messages found in the data. This edition includes general context indicators such as income per capita, self-sufficiency indicators such as mothers in paid employment; equity indicators such as gender wage gaps; health indicators such as sick-related absences from work; and social cohesion indicators such as trust in political institutions. This edition includes StatLinks, URLs under each table and graph that link to Excel spreadsheets containing the underlying data.

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Students' Performance

Students’ performance can be assessed through results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the most comprehensive and rigorous international effort to date to measure the knowledge and skills of students who are reaching the end of compulsory education. More than a quarter of a million 15-year-old students in 41 countries took these tests in 2003. Tests are administered under independently supervised conditions in order to assess students’ competencies in different areas and to assure cross-country comparability.

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