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The Education Policy Outlook offers a unique bird's eye view of education policy developments across a range of countries. Through its comparative perspective, this OECD initiative analyses the context, challenges and relevant policies of education systems. It draws extensively on the OECD knowledge base, as well as other sources of national and international knowledge, to examine how countries deliver education opportunities in increasingly diverse social environments. In the coming biennium (2017-18), we will be focusing on how key education policies have evolved, as well as how some of these policies have been implemented or evaluated across OECD countries.

As part of this work, we will be analysing countries’ responses to our OECD Education Policy Outlook National Survey for Comparative Policy Analysis (2016), updating our Reforms Finder, publishing policy briefs, and organising opportunities for education policy dialogue across OECD countries. 


Comparative Framework

To review education policy trends and action in countries, the Education Policy Outlook has devised a comparative framework of analysis: 

Students: How to raise outcomes for all in terms of 1) equity and quality and 2) preparing students for the future. 

Institutions: How to raise quality through 3) school improvement and 4) evaluation and assessment. 

System: How the system is organised to deliver education policy in terms of 5) governance and 6) funding.


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Education Policy Outlook range of products

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Country Profiles provide an assessment of OECD countries education policies (context, challenges, reforms)

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The Reforms Finder is a multi-criteria search engine on education policies adopted across OECD countries.

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The 2015 Comparative Report delivers a comparative insight into policy trends and the reform process across all OECD countries as well as succinct country snapshots.

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The next set of Education Policy Outlook Country Profiles is to be published in early 2017 for BelgiumItaly, Latvia and Sweden.


Since 2015, the Education Policy Outlook Country Profiles have benefitted from a close collaboration with the European Commission for European countries.


The Education Policy Outlook: Korea was launched on 1st November 2016 in Seoul by Deputy Director Montserrat Gomendio, at a Korea-OECD seminar on education policy organised by the Korean Educational Development Institute to mark 20 years of Korean membership of the OECD.


The Education Policy Outlook: Luxembourg, produced in collaboration with the European Commission, was launched on 2 December in Luxembourg at the Maison de l’Europe during a joint EC-OECD event. 


Related activities

The OECD Education Policy Outlook National Survey for Comparative Policy Analysis (update for 2016)- Countries completed an Education Policy Outlook (EPO) survey for the first time in 2013, covering context, challenges and policy responses according to the Education Policy Outlook analytical framework. This survey, sent out to countries in November 2016, aims to update this information to build on the existing comparative knowledge base on how countries' education-related challenges, key issues, goals and policy responses have evolved in recent years. Data collected through this survey will therefore update and enrich the information gathered previously, in order to develop comparative analysis on education reform processes, covering their implementation, evaluation, evolution and completion.


Workshop for National Coordinators- National Co-ordinators of the Education Policy Outlook and representatives from other key organisations (the European Commission, UNESCO, the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD and the Business Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD) came together on 27-28 June for a workshop on Defining Comparative Policy Pathways of Implementation and Evaluation of Policies to discuss emerging education challenges in their countries today, and how to make the work of the Education Policy Outlook most relevant and useful to their education system’s needs. 


Launch events - Within the framework of collaboration between the Education Policy Outlook and the European Commission, joint launch events have been organised in Hungary and Poland during 2015. National education stakeholders came together to discuss findings from the Education and Training Monitor and the Education Policy Outlook country profiles for these countries. 


Blog post by Beatriz Pont - Shared challenges in reforming education systems: are we getting it right?

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International conference on “Making Reforms Happen hosted by the Department for Education (England) on 22-23 January in London.
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Voices of Education Policy are short interviews with policy makers based on the Education Policy Outlook Country Profiles.





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