Education at a Glance

OECD Indicators 1998

Release Date: March 1, 1999

Across OECD countries governments are seeking polices to make education more effective while searching for additional resources to meet the increasing demand for education. The OECD education indicators enable countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performances.

The 1998 edition of Education at a Glance–OECD Indicators provides a richer, more comparable and up-to-date array of indicators that ever before. The indicators represent the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally. They provide information on the human and financial resources invested in education, on how education and learning systems operate and evolve, and on the returns to educational investments. The thematic organisation of the volume and the background information accompanying the table s and charts make this publication a valuable resource for any one interested in analysing education systems across countries.

In addition to reporting on continuing expansion of enrolment, particularly in higher education, the 1998 indicators trace the rapidly growing contribution of households and enterprises to educational resources. There is also a pressure to make tertiary studies more effective and to limit the time spent acquiring qualifications. This edition brings together evidence on passage through higher education, comparing the extent to which those who enroll eventually acquire degrees. It also takes a further step towards reporting internationally comparable data on life long learning an its impact on society and the economy.

A significantly larger number of OECD countries are now providing data. This year, through the “World Education Indicators” programme, a wide range of non-member countries have contributed to this edition, extending the coverage of some of the indicators to almost two-thirds of the world population.

The companion volume Education Policy Analysis takes up selected themes of key importance for governments. The data underlying the OECD education indicators are accessible via the Internet