Education at a Glance 2014


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Published on September 09, 2014

Also available in: French


Education at a Glance 2014: Highlights summarises the OECD’s flagship compendium of education statistics, Education at a Glance. It provides easily accessible data on key topics in education today, including:
• Education levels and student numbers: How far have adults studied, and how does early childhood education affect student performance later on?
• Higher education and work: How many young people graduate from tertiary education, and how easily do they enter the world of work?
• Economic and social benefits of education: How does education affect people’s job prospects, and what is its impact on incomes?
• Paying for education: What share of public spending goes on education, and what is the role of private spending?
• The school environment: How many hours do teachers work, and how does class size vary?

Each indicator is presented on a two-page spread. The left-hand page explains the significance of the indicator, discusses the main findings, examines key trends and provides readers with a roadmap for finding out more in the OECD education databases and in other OECD education publications. The right-hand page contains clearly presented charts and tables, accompanied by dynamic hyperlinks (StatLinks) that direct readers to the corresponding data in Excel™ format.


Executive summary: The benefits of expanded access to education are not shared equitably
Reader's guide
Statistical note
Further reading
Education levels and student numbers5 chapters available
To what level have adults studied?
Who participates in education?
What is the role of early childhood education?
How many young people finish secondary education?
Does parental education affect students' chances?
Higher education and work4 chapters available
How many young people enter tertiary education?
How many young people graduate from tertiary education?
How many students study abroad and where do they go?
How successful are students in moving from education to work?
The economic and social benefits of education4 chapters available
How does education affect employment rates?
How much more do tertiary graduates earn?
What are the incentives to invest in education?
How are student performance and equity in education related?
Paying for education6 chapters available
How much is spent per student?
What share of national wealth is spent on education?
How much public and private investment in education is there?
How do public and private schools differ?
How much do tertiary students pay?
What are education funds spent on?
The school environment5 chapters available
How long do students spend in the classroom?
How many students are in each classroom?
How much are teachers paid?
How much time do teachers spend teaching?
Who are the teachers?
Special chapter: Skills for life6 chapters available
Why are adult skills important?
Why do we need computer skills?
Skills and education for society
Why do we need creative problem-solving?
The importance of financial literacy
Education and learning for adults
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