Education at a Glance 2014 is the annual report by the OECD on the state of play and challenges faced by national education systems. It highlights the growing importance of investment in education for future growth and employment in the EU and for more inclusive European societies.
The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), first launched in 2008, asks teachers and schools (ISCED level 2) about their working conditions and the learning environments. It covers important themes such as initial teacher education and professional development; what sort of appraisal and feedback teachers get; the school climate; school leadership; and teachers’ instructional beliefs and pedagogical practices.
TALIS provides cross-country analysis that helps countries identify others facing similar challenges and learn about their policies.
Education GPS is a source for internationally comparable data on education policies and practices, opportunities and outcomes. It includes data from several OECD publications, such as ‘Education at a Glance’, results of PISA etc.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.
The latest set of results from the 2012 data collection focusing on mathematics is now available. Around 510.000 students in 65 economies took part in this test, representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally. The PISA 2012 survey focused on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment. For the first time, PISA 2012 also included an assessment of the financial literacy of young people.
The message of this edition is clear: education is the best protection against an economic crisis. It is a person's education that determines whether he or she will be extremely or only moderately exposed to the economic and social risks in times of crisis.