A recent article at the FT (Financial Times) interviewing the Head of the Indicators and Analysis Division at the Directorate for Education in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Andreas Shleicher.

The interview discusses the result of the last edition of OECD report ‘Education at Glance’ (OECD indicators). The report was publish last September.

(From Financial Times, 10.17.06)

A recent OECD report on education for the new economy found many EU countries were way down the list for basic maths skills amongst 15-year-olds.

The report’s author, Andreas Schleicher, predicts “tomorrow’s high-skilled jobs in innovation and R&D will be relocated in Asia unless the EU and US make significant progress.”

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What is the root of the problem, and how should it be addressed by policy-makers and educators? Mr Schleicher answer your questions below. (read more here)

(From Education at Glance 2006: Executive summary)

Education at a Glance 2006 provides a rich, comparable and up-to-date collection of indicators on the performance of education systems. While the focus is on the 30 OECD countries, the indicators also include a number of partner countries from throughout the world. The indicators look at who participates in education, what is spent on it, how education and learning systems operate and a wide range of outcomes, from how well secondary school children can solve problems to the effect of education on adults’ chances of securing employment. (read more here)

(From OECD: News release, 09.19.06)

Education is a gateway to employment and in almost all OECD countries educational attainment levels continue to rise, with many countries showing impressive gains in university qualifications in particular, according to data in the 2006 edition of the OECD’s annual publication Education at a Glance.

But while more than one third of students across OECD countries – and around 50% in some countries — now obtain university degrees – a persistently large share of young people do not complete secondary school, today’s baseline for successful entry into the labour market. (read more here)


Education at Glance 2006 Web Site