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ISBN: 9789264114203 Publication: 13/9/2011

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Education at a Glance 2011: OECD Indicators

Across OECD countries, governments are having to work with shrinking public budgets while designing policies to make education more effective and responsive to growing demand.

The 2011 edition of Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performance. It provides a broad array of comparable indicators on education systems and represents the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally.

The indicators show who participates in education, how much is spent on it, and how education systems operate. They also illustrate a wide range of educational outcomes, comparing, for example, student performance in key subjects and the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment.

The Excel™ spreadsheets used to create the tables and charts in this book are available via the StatLinks printed in this book.

New material

New material in this edition includes:

  • an analysis of tuition-fee reforms implemented since 1995;
  • indicators on the relationship between social background and learning outcomes;
  • indicators on school accountability in public and private schools;
  • an indicator on the fields of education chosen by students;
  • an indicator on labour market outcomes of students from vocational and academic programmes;
  • indicators on the scope of adult education and training;
  • indicators on student engagement in reading.  




Indicators are available below as .PDF files.
In order to view the data in ExcelTM, open the .PDF file, and
click on the statlinks directly beneath
the individual charts and tables



Chapter A - The Output of Educational Institutions and the Impact of Learning

Chapter B - Financial and Human Resources Invested In Education

Chapter C - Access to Education, Participation and Progression

Chapter D - The Learning Environment and Organisation of Schools


How to obtain this publication

Readers can access the full version of Education at a Glance 2011: OECD Indicators choosing from the following options:

EAG2011 navigator by country

  • This ExcelTM-based tool  will allow you to view one country’s performance and compare it to that of other countries on a number of indicators published in Education at a Glance.

Additional material

News releases

  • Newsroom
    01/09/2011 - The 2011 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT)  on Tuesday 13 September 2011.
    Education at a Glance is the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide. This year’s report includes indicators on the human and financial resources invested in education, on how education systems operate and evolve, and on the returns to educational investments.
  • Education: crisis reinforces importance of a good education, says OECD
    13/09/2011 - People with university degrees have suffered far fewer job losses during the global economic crisis than those who left school without qualifications, according to the latest edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance. Good education and skills are crucial to improving a person’s economic and social prospects.


  • Education pays
    Today’s launch of Education at a Glance 2011 gives us a good opportunity to take stock of where education is today and where it might be headed. And as the OECD celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, this is also good moment to reflect on how education has evolved over the past half-century
  • Salary costs per student
    One way to measure education performance is to look at the total cost of teachers’ salaries compared with the number of students being taught. According to the OECD’s Education at a Glance, Luxembourg has the highest salary cost in primary and secondary education, reflecting a combination of relatively high teachers’ salaries and smaller class size.

Country notes







The press conference taking place in Brussels for the launch of Education at a Glance 2011 will be webcast on September 13, starting at 11 am. (Brussels time).



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