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PISA 2022 Results (Volume I): The State of Learning and Equity in Education
PISA 2022 Results (Volume II): Learning During - and From - Disruption
PISA 2018 Results (Volume IV): Are Students Smart About Money?
PISA 2018 Results (Volume VI): Are Students Ready to Thrive in an Interconnected World?
PISA 2018: Are Students Ready To Take On Environmental Challenges?
Education at a Glance 2023 (EAG 2023): Highlights
EAG 2023, Chapter A: The output of educational institutions and the impact of learning
EAG 2023, Chapter B: Access to education, participation and progression
EAG 2023, Chapter C: Financial resources invested in education
EAG 2023, Chapter D: Teachers, learning environment and organisation of schools
TALIS 2018: Highlight indicators
TALIS 2018 (Volume I): Teachers and School Leaders as Lifelong Learners
TALIS 2018 (Volume II): Teachers and School Leaders as Valued Professionals
TALIS 2018 (results for primary and upper secondary)
TALIS 2018: Starting Strong Survey
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  • Most students from primary through tertiary education are enrolled in public institutions. More than 80% of students in primary and secondary education and 70% of students in tertiary education were enrolled in public institutions, on average across the OECD.
  • An average of 34% of all decisions are taken at the school level, about 34% were made centrally (i.e. at the central or state level), some 13% were made at the local level and about 5% of the decisions were made at the regional or sub-regional levels. However, 14% of the decisions are taken by multiple levels.
  • In this context of multi-level and multi-actor governance, a key political and administrative challenge is decentralisation processes that will lead to the emergence of increasingly autonomous and powerful local actors. Giving local actors significant planning responsibilities is expected to improve the school networks' adaptation to local conditions and the needs of local communities.
  • The organisation and structure of the system of compulsory education varies across OECD countries. On average, 49% of the students started primary school at age 6, while another 25% started at age 7, and 22% started before they were 6 years old. The ending age of compulsory education was 16 or 17 in most OECD countries.
  • The number of programmes and school types available to students vary from one to five or more options. An average of 86.5% of 15-year-old students were enrolled in a programme with a general curriculum and 12.5% were enrolled in a programme with a pre-vocational or vocational curriculum.
  • At pre-primary level, leaders engage frequently with parents or guardians through informal communication, especially in Chile, Iceland, Japan, Norway and Denmark (with low response rates). In Chile and Japan, formal communication is also frequent.
  • Students across the OECD receive an average of 7 634 hours of compulsory instruction during their primary and lower secondary education, ranging from 5 245 hours in Poland to double that in Australia (11 000 hours).
  • National, or central, examinations are standardised tests with formal consequence on students' progression through school or certification. More than three-quarters of the OECD countries have national, or central, examinations in the final years of upper secondary education (in general programmes). A large majority of these countries use these examinations to grant students access to tertiary education.
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    Note: These values should be interpreted with care since they are influenced by countries' specific contexts and trade-offs. In education, there is often no simple most- or least-efficient model. For instance, the share of private expenditure in education must be read against other measures designed to mitigate inequities, such as loans and grants; longer learning time is an opportunity to convey more and better content to students, but may hinder investments in other important areas. If you want further information on the nature of different variables, please take the time to read the analysis and contextual information, available at the website for each publication.
    The OECD average includes only OECD countries which are listed here: http://www.oecd.org/about/membersandpartners/

    Reference years displayed in the Education GPS correspond to the most common year of reference among countries for which data is available on each variable. Data for the latest available year is preferred and some countries may have provided data refering to a more recent or late year. To know more about possible exceptions on data please click on the "Download Indicator" link on each variable. When a year of reference corresponds to a school year encompassing two years, the reference reads as follows: 2018 for school year 2017/2018.

    *TALIS averages are based on all countries participating in the TALIS survey, including partner countries and economies. This explains the difference between the OECD average and the TALIS average. Data from the TALIS survey and Education at a Glance (EAG) may differ. See Annex E of the TALIS technical report and Annex 3 of EAG 2021 for more details about the data collections.

    B-S-J-Z (China) refers to the four PISA-participating provinces/municipalities of the People's Republic of China: Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

    For additional notes, please refer to annexes in the list of links below the introductory text.