This annual report provides data from 34 countries including 21 EU Member States on performance in education. It provides information on the state of play in education, including the financial and human resources invested, student-teacher ratios, teaching hours, graduate numbers and results, access, participation and progression in education as well as data on the learning environment and organisation of schools. New indicators focus on the effect of the global economic crisis on education expenditure and the impact of education on macroenonomic outcomes such as GDP.
The report identifies several areas in European education that are likely to create challenges in the near future.
An ageing teaching force is one of them. Gender inequality is also a problem. Education at a glance also reveals that education spending in the 21 EU Member States is slightly below the OECD average. The financial return on tertiary education continues to grow. Europe continues to be the preferred destination for students studying outside their country.