1136.0 - A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009  
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The 2008 edition of Education at a Glance enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performance. It provides a rich, comparable and up-to-date array of indicators on the performance of education systems. The indicators look at who participates in education, what is spent on it and how education systems operate and at the results achieved. The latter includes indicators on a wide range of outcomes, from comparisons of student performance in key subject areas to the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment. Many indicators include data for Australia, from ABS and other data sources.

New material included in the 2008 edition includes data on entry to tertiary qualifications by field of study; socio-economic background and the role of parents in tertiary educational participation; the science skills of 15 year olds; efficiency of resource use; and the impact of assessment and evaluation in education.

The framework for the OECD's indicators of Education System includes the following indicators:

The output of educational institutions and the impact of learning

A1 Educational attainment of the adult population
A2 Current upper secondary graduation rates
A3 Current tertiary graduation rates
A4 Current tertiary survival rates
A5 What 15 year olds can do in science
A6 Socio-economic background of 15 year olds and the role of their parents
A7 Socio-economic status and participation in higher education
A8 Labour force participation by level of educational attainment
A9 The returns to education: education and earnings
A10 The incentives to invest in education

Financial and human resources invested in education

B1 Educational expenditure per student
B2 Expenditure on educational institutions relative to gross domestic product
B3 Public and private investment in educational institutions
B4 Total public expenditure on education
B5 Tuition fees charged by tertiary institutions and support for students and households through public subsidies
B6 Expenditure in education on specific services and resources
B7 Efficiency of expenditure in education

Access to education, participation and progression

C1 Prevalence of vocational programmes in education
C2 Participation in primary, secondary and tertiary education
C3 Student mobility and foreign students in education
C4 Education and work status of the youth population
C5 Participation in adult learning

The learning environment and organisation of schools

D1 Total intended instruction time for students in primary and secondary education
D2 Class size and ratio of students to teaching staff
D3 Teachers' salaries
D4 Teaching time and teachers' working time
D5 Impacts of evaluation and assessment within education systems
D6 Decision makers in education systems
D7 Who are the teachers?


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