Directorate for Education and Skills

OECD work on education: Books and papers



Key publications


Education at a Glance 2015 - OECD Indicators

Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for accurate information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.



OECD Skills Outlook 2015 - Youth, Skills and Employability

Young people around the world are struggling to enter the labour market. In some OECD countries, one in four 16-29 year-olds is neither employed nor in education or training. The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach.


Education Policy Outlook 2015 - Making Reforms Happen

Education Policy Outlook 2015

The 2015 edition of the Education Policy Outlook provides a comparative review of policy trends. It explores specific reforms adopted across the OECD over the past seven years to help countries learn from one another and choose the reforms best adapted to their needs and context.


TALIS 2013 Results: An International Perspective on Teaching and Learning

The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) aims to provide valid, timely and comparable information to help countries review and define policies for developing a high-quality teaching profession.



 Latest publications


Students, Computers and Learning - Making the Connection

Are there computers in the classroom? Does it matter? Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences


Adults, Computers and Problem Solving - What's the Problem?


The report provides an in-depth analysis of the results from the Survey of Adult Skills related to problem solving in technology-rich environments, along with measures concerning the use of ICT and problem solving. The Nordic countries and the Netherlands have the largest proportions of adults (around 40%) who score at the higher levels in problem solving, while Ireland, Poland and the Slovak Republic have the smallest proportions


Universal Basic Skills - What Countries Stand to Gain


Using projections based on data from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international student assessments, this report offers a glimpse of the stunning economic and social benefits that all countries, regardless of their national wealth, stand to gain if they ensure that every child not only has access to education but, through that education, acquires at least the baseline level of skills needed to participate fully in society.


The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence

The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence tries to determine why 15-year-old boys are more likely than girls, on average, to be overall low achievers, and why high-performing 15-year-old girls underachieve in mathematics, science and problem solving compared to high-achieving boys.




All latest releases


In Focus series

PISA in Focus

  • ‌PISA in Focus is a series of monthly education policy-oriented notes designed to describe a PISA topic in a concise, user-friendly way.

Education Indicators in Focus

  • Education Indicators in Focus highlight specific indicators in Education at a Glance that are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners.

Teaching in Focus

  • ‌The Teaching in Focus briefs shed new light on issues surrounding the teaching and learning environment in schools and teachers’ working conditions. 

Other papers

Working papers 

  • This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected studies drawing on the work of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills.












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