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OECD findings confirm importance of investment in education

Sep 9, 2014 | News

(09 September 2014) – The “Education at a Glance 2014” report, launched today by OECD, provides the state of play and challenges faced by national education systems.

The report covers the 34 OECD member countries, including 21 EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom). Latvia, although not an OECD member, is also included in the report as an OECD partner country.

The main findings about the EU in the report are that: educational opportunities continue to expand significantly in Europe; high levels of education and skills pay off for both individuals and society; similar levels of educational attainment do not always mean similar levels of skills; the right skills matter during the transition from education to work; the teacher population is ageing; private investment in tertiary education is growing.

Education at a Glance draws on data compiled by the OECD, Eurostat and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The 2014 publication also draws from the results of recent OECD surveys: Survey of Adult Skills, PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment measuring the skills of 15 year olds, and TALIS, the Teaching and Learning International Survey on teachers and school leaders.

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