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ISBN: 9789264032880
Publication: 18/9/2007


Education at a Glance 2007

Across OECD countries, governments are seeking policies to make education more effective while searching for additional resources to meet the increasing demand for education.

The 2007 edition of Education at a Glance enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performance. It provides a rich, comparable and up-to-date array of indicators on the performance of education systems. The indicators look at who participates in education, what is spent on it and how education systems operate and at the results achieved. The latter includes indicators on a wide range of outcomes, from comparisons of student’s performance in key subject areas to the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment.

The ExcelTM spreadsheets used to create the tables and charts are available via the StatLinks printed in Education at a Glance.

New material

  • A look at how socio-economic background affects access to tertiary education
  • More data on participation in education in vocational programmes, including a comparison of how these students performed in PISA
  • Trend data on upper secondary and tertiary graduation rates for the period 1995-2005
  • Trend data on rates of enrolment in education over the period 1995-2005, as well as data on the transition from education to work, by level of education
  • Data on the contractual arrangements of teachers
  • Data on evaluation policies for public schools and the use of information from these evaluations
  • An extension of the rich data on the amount countries invest, and how, with an assessment of the efficiency of public spending on education


Executive summary


Education at a Glance is the OECD’s annual round-up of data and analysis on education, providing a rich, comparable and up-to-date array of indicators on education systems in the OECD’s 30 member countries and in a number of partner economies. The main areas covered are:

  • Participation and achievement in education
  • Public and private spending on education
  • The state of lifelong learning
  • Conditions for pupils and teachers

The 2007 edition investigates the effects of expanding tertiary education on labour markets. Graduation rates from higher education have grown significantly in OECD countries in recent decades, but has the increasing supply of well-educated workers been matched by the creation of high-paying jobs? Or will everyone with a university degree some day work for the minimum wage? Using recent data and indicators comparable among OECD countries, Education at a Glance 2007 finds that the expansion of tertiary education has had a positive impact for individuals and national economies, and that there are, so far, no signs of an inflation of the value of qualifications.


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