Directorate for Education and Skills

OECD work on education: Books and papers




 Key publications


New Insights from TALIS 2013 - Teaching and Learning in Primary and Upper Secondary Education Education at a Glance 2014
OECD Indicators
TALIS 2013 Results: An International Perspective on Teaching and Learning PISA 2012 Key Findings:

This report offers a broader view of teachers and school principals across all levels of compulsory education, and all the similarities and differences in the issues they are facing.

Published 9/12/2014

Featuring more than 150 charts, 300 tables, and over 100 000 figures, it provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in the OECD’s 34 member countries, as well as a number of partner countries.

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Published 9/9/2014

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.

Published 25/6/2014

Full set of PISA 2012 key findings, technical reports, videos and questionnaires.

Latest publications



Education Policy Outlook 2015 - Making Reforms Happen Skills Beyond School Synthesis Report Critical Maths for Innovative Societies - The Role of Metacognitive Pedagogies Measuring Innovation in Education
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.

Published 19/01/2015

Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. What type of training is needed to meet the needs of changing economies?

Published 13/11/2014

How can mathematics education foster the skills that are appropriate for innovative societies? Mathematics education is heavily emphasised worldwide, nevertheless it is still considered to be a stumbling block for many students.

Published 28/10/2014

Do teachers innovate? Do they try different pedagogical approaches? Are practices within classrooms and educational organisations changing? And to what extent can change be linked to improvements? A measurement agenda is essential to an innovation and improvement strategy in education.

Published 17/7/2014



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.