Education at a glance provides information on the state of education around the world. It provides key information on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.
The 2016 edition introduces two new indicators:
¬ An indicator on the completion rate of tertiary students and
¬ An indicator on school leaders.
It provides more trend data and analysis on diverse topics, such as: teachers’ salaries; graduation rates; expenditure on education; enrolment rates; young adults who are neither employed nor in education or training; class size; and teaching hours. The publication examines gender imbalance in education and the profile of students who attend, and graduate from, vocational education.
The report covers all 35 OECD countries and a number of partner countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa).
To tackle some of the challenges, Education at a Glance 2016 helps to highlight areas where education investments could be better targeted to improve efficiency, quality and equity:
- Class size is a case in point. Investments in reducing class size have consumed resources better spent on recruiting and rewarding high quality teachers.
Attracting younger adults to the teaching profession.
Ensuring all students ─ particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds ─ have access to quality education.
For the first time, this year’s edition of Education at a Glance captures country progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education. The results are sobering.