Education at a Glance 2017

OECD Indicators

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Published on September 12, 2017

Also available in: German, French


Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for information on the state of education around the world. With more than 125 charts and 145 tables included in the publication and much more data available on the educational database, Education at a Glance 2017 provides key information 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.

The 2017 edition presents a new focus on fields of study, investigating both trends in enrolment at upper secondary and tertiary level, student mobility, and labour market outcomes of the qualifications obtained in these fields. The publication also introduces for the first time a full chapter dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals, providing an assessment of where OECD and partner countries stand on their way to meeting the SDG targets. Finally, two new indicators are developed and analysed in the context of participation and progress in education: an indicator on the completion rate of upper secondary students and an indicator on admission processes to higher education.

The report covers all 35 OECD countries and a number of partner countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa).

The Excel™ spreadsheets used to create the tables and charts in Education at a Glance are available via the StatLinks provided throughout the publication.

SUMMARIESavailable in 26 languages

English Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in English)
French Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in French) Regards sur l'éducation 2017
Spanish Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Spanish) Panorama de la educación 2017
German Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in German) Bildung auf einen Blick 2017
Japanese Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Japanese) 図表でみる教育2017
Italian Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Italian) Uno sguardo sull’istruzione 2017
Chinese Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Chinese) 教育概览2017
Czech Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Czech) Letmý pohled na vzdělávání v roce 2017
Danish Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Danish) Uddannelse 2017 - kort fortalt
Dutch Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Dutch) Onderwijs in een oogopslag 2017
Estonian Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Estonian) Haridus lähivaates 2017
Finnish Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Finnish) Koulutuskatsaus 2017
Greek Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Greek) Η εκπαίδευση με μια ματιά 2017
Hebrew Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Hebrew) מבט על החינוך 2017
Hungarian Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Hungarian) Oktatási körkép 2017
Icelandic Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Icelandic) Menntun í hnotskurn 2017
Korean Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Korean) 2017년도 교육부문 개요
Latvian Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Latvian) Izglītības apskats 2017
Norwegian Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Norwegian) Et blikk på utdanning – 2017
Polish Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Polish) Edukacja w zarysie 2017
Portuguese Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Portuguese) Educação em Revista 2017
Russian Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Russian) Взгляд на образование 2017
Slovak Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Slovak) Prehľad o vzdelávaní 2017
Slovene Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Slovenian) Pogled na izobraževanje 2017
Swedish Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Swedish) OECD:s utbildningsöversikt 2017
Turkish Education at a Glance 2017 (Summary in Turkish) 2017 Tek Bakışta Eğitim


Editorial - Building for the future
Introduction: The Indicators and their Framework
Reader's Guide
Executive Summary
The education sustainable development goal
The Output of Educational Institutions and the Impact of Learning9 chapters available
Indicator A1 To what level have adults studied?
Indicator A2 Who is expected to graduate from upper secondary education?
Indicator A3 Who is expected to graduate from tertiary education?
Indicator A4 To what extent does parents' education influence their children's educational attainment?
Indicator A5 How does educational attainment affect participation in the labour market?
Indicator A6 What are the earnings advantages from education?
Indicator A7 What are the financial incentives to invest in education?
Indicator A8 How are social outcomes related to education?
Indicator A9 How many students complete upper secondary education?
Financial and Human Resources Invested In Education7 chapters available
Indicator B1 How much is spent per student?
Indicator B2 What proportion of national wealth is spent on educational institutions?
Indicator B3 How much public and private investment on educational institutions is there?
Indicator B4 What is the total public spending on education?
Indicator B5 How much do tertiary students pay and what public support do they receive?
Indicator B6 On what resources and services is education funding spent?
Indicator B7 Which factors influence the level of expenditure on education?
Access to Education, Participation and Progression6 chapters available
Indicator C1 Who participates in education?
Indicator C2 How do early childhood education systems differ around the world?
Indicator C3 Who is expected to enter tertiary education?
Indicator C4 What is the profile of internationally mobile students?
Indicator C5 Transition from school to work: where are the 15-29 year-olds?
Indicator C6 How many adults participate in education and learning?
The Learning Environment and Organisation of Schools6 chapters available
Indicator D1 How much time do students spend in the classroom?
Indicator D2 What is the student-teacher ratio and how big are classes?
Indicator D3 How much are teachers paid?
Indicator D4 How much time do teachers spend teaching?
Indicator D5 Who are the teachers?
Indicator D6 What are the national criteria for students to apply to and enter into tertiary education?
Annexes3 chapters available
Characteristics of Education Systems
Reference Statistics
Sources, Methods and Technical Notes
Country Notes47 chapters available
Czech Republic
New Zealand
Slovak Republic
United Kingdom
United States
Costa Rica
Russian Federation
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Ibero-American countries
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