1136.0 - Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2004  
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Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) annual publication, Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators, enables countries to assess the performance of their education system and compare that performance internationally. The focus of the 2004 edition is on the quality of learning outcomes, the policy levers and contextual factors that shape these outcomes, and the broader private and social returns that accrue to investments in education.

The publication also provides indicators on how the labour market returns to education have evolved over time as education systems have expanded. Issues such as equity in the provision and outcomes of education can also be examined, with reference to gender, age, socio-economic background, type of institution, or field of education.

The framework for the Education System Indicators is listed below:

The output of educational institutions and the impact of learning
A1 Educational attainment of the adult population
A2 Current upper secondary graduation rates and educational attainment of the adult population
A3 Current tertiary graduation and survival rates and educational attainment of the adult population
A4 Tertiary graduates by field of study
A5 Trends in 4th grade students' reading literacy performance
A6 Reading literacy of 15 year olds
A7 Mathematical and scientific literacy of 15 year olds
A8 15 year olds' engagement in school - A sense of belonging and participation
A9 Gender differences in student performance
A10 Labour force participation by level of educational attainment
A11 The returns to education: education and earnings
A12 The returns to education: links between human capital and economic growth

Financial and human resources invested in education
B1 Educational expenditure per student
B2 Expenditure on educational institutions relative to gross domestic product
B3 Relative proportions of public and private investment in educational institutions
B4 Total public expenditure on education
B5 Support for students and households through public subsidies
B6 Expenditure on institutions by service category and by resource category

Access to education, participation and progression
C1 School expectancy and enrolment rates
C2 Entry into and expected years in tertiary education and participation in secondary education
C3 Foreign students in tertiary education
C4 Education and work status of the youth population
C5 The situation of the youth population with low levels of education

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 Student admission, placement and grouping policies in upper secondary schools
D6 Decision making in education systems
For further information see the OECD website www.oecd.org.


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