OECD’s Education at a Glance 2021 to be published Thursday 16 September 2021


09/09/2021 - The 2021 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. CEST/Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Thursday 16 September 2021. 


Education at a Glance is the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide. In addition to an accompanying report on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on education, this year’s edition includes a focus on equality of opportunity for access, participation, and progression in education. This includes the outcomes of education across a number of equity dimensions: gender, immigrant background or country of origin, and subnational regions.


Other indicators include: public and private spending on education; the earnings’ advantage of education; entry to and graduation from tertiary education; statutory and actual salaries of school heads; and class sizes, teacher salaries and instruction times.


The report analyses the education systems of the 38 OECD member countries, as well as Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.


The fourth edition of The State of Global Education: 18 Months into the Pandemic will also be released at the same time. This tracks developments throughout the pandemic, and analyses a range of topics, from lost learning opportunities and contingency strategies through the organisation of learning and the working conditions of teachers to issues around governance and finance. 


OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann will present the report’s findings on the state of education in France in an online press conference with OECD education analysts Eric Charbonnier and Corinne Heckmann at the OECD the same day at 11:00 a.m. CET. The press conference will be in French, with English interpretation.


Journalists must register to participate via Zoom here.


The presentation will also be webcast live, without registration, via this link.


The following media events are also planned (all local times): 


Thursday 16 September



London – 10:00 a.m. – in-person event with Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director of Education and Skills, hosted by The Sutton Trust at One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA. Presentation followed by Q&A with an expert panel, including Natalie Perera, Chief Executive of the Education Policy Institute, and Lucy Heller, Chief Executive of Ark Schools. To register, contact Hilary Cornwell of The Sutton Trust (+ 44 7917 462164).


United States – 10:00 a.m. – webinar with Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director of Education and Skills, hosted by the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE). To register, contact Miguel Gorman, OECD Washington Centre, (+1 202 822 3865).


Brazil – 10:00 a.m. – webinar with Manon Costinot, OECD education analyst, hosted by Jeduca. To register, contact:


Germany – 13:00 p.m. – webinar with Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director of Education and Skills. To register, click here


Japan – 16:00 p.m. – webinar with Andreas Schleicher. To register contact Yumiko Yokokawa, OECD Tokyo Centre, (+81.3 5532.0021).




Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic version of the reports and briefing notes for countries by e-mail and under embargo on Wednesday 15 September. Requests should be sent by e-mail to The reports will be sent by e-mail on request only. In asking to receive the reports and country notes under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures.


For further general information on the report, contact Spencer Wilson in the OECD Media Office (+33 1 45 24 81 18). 


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