The Funding of School Education

Connecting Resources and Learning

This report on the funding of school education constitutes the first in a series of thematic comparative reports bringing together findings from the OECD School Resources Review. School systems have limited financial resources with which to pursue their objectives and the design of school funding policies plays a key role in ensuring that resources are directed to where they can make the most difference. As OECD school systems have become more complex and characterised by multi-level governance, a growing set of actors are increasingly involved in financial decision-making. This requires designing funding allocation models that are aligned to a school system’s governance structures, linking budget planning procedures at different levels to shared educational goals and evaluating the use of school funding to hold decision makers accountable and ensure that resources are used effectively and equitably. This report was co-funded by the European Commission. .

Published on June 26, 2017

In series:OECD Reviews of School Resourcesview more titles

SUMMARIESavailable in 5 languages

English The Funding of School Education (Summary in English)
French Le financement du système scolaire
Spanish El Financiamento de la Educación Escolar
German Die Finanzierung von Schulbildung
Portuguese Financiamento da Educação Escolar


Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
The funding of school education: Main findings and policy pointers
Why look at school funding policies?
Governing school funding
Distributing school funding
Planning the use of school funding
Evaluating the use of school funding
Annexes4 chapters available
Country profiles
Notes on country profiles
How the School Resources Review was conducted
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