Ed spending rising globally, but access still limited for many

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released its annual study today on education titled Education at a Glance. The study considers the overall educational opportunities for children in OECD country areas and finds some deep divides in the schooling available. The area studied includes mostly Europe and North America.

Access to early learning has grown considerably, according to the report, in part because its benefits are being more widely recognized. Particularly, the study notes that early learning programs help address inequalities early on, showing that early learning “pays off in the long run: OECD’s PISA tests of 15-year-olds show that, in most countries, pupils who have attended pre-primary education tend to perform better than those who have not.”

The report also delves into the importance of post-secondary education in finding and maintaining employment. More education increases a country’s productivity the study found, stating: “On average, OECD countries receive a net return of over $100,000 in increased income tax and other savings for each man in higher education, almost 4 times their investment. For women the return is 2.5 times.”

The report looks at all of the following indicators:

  • The output of educational institutions and the impact of learning – educational attainment and graduation, gender and equity, and the economic, labor market and social outcomes of education
  • Financial and human resources invested in education – national and per-student spending on education, higher education costs and support, and how resources are spent
  • Access to education, participation and progression – access to education, early childhood education, international students, transitions from school to work, and adult learning
  • The learning environment and organization of schools – teachers, teacher salaries, teaching time, class size, school decision-making, and examinations

See details for all of the indicators and read the full report here. Have a passion for explaining data visually? The OECD is sponsoring a visualization challenge for those who want to really dig into the data and make part of OECD’s findings into a shareable infographic.

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