Review education policies

Examine the OECD's extensive research and analysis of education policy around the world. Get a quick overview of key insights and policy options for a wide range of topics in education. Or delve deeper into the OECD knowledge base through quick and easy access to related websites and publications.

Education is complex. Policies and practices, as well as inputs, processes and outcomes, stand in a dynamic relationship with each other. Explore how different topics can be related through a visual network of education policy.

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The development of education policies always needs to take into account country-specific traditions and features of respective education systems. Not all policy options are equally relevant for different countries, different contexts give rise to different priorities. In some countries, policy suggestions may already be in place; in others, they may have less relevance owing to specific social, economic and educational structures and traditions. Policy options rather distil potentially useful ideas and lessons from the experiences of countries that have been searching for ways to improve their education system. As policy options are removed from their wider analytical context, it is strongly advised that readers should refer back to the original OECD source for the fuller picture.


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Access & Participation
Career guidance
Organisation & Governance
School choice
School autonomy
Parental involvement
Public & Private stakeholders
Finance & Funding
Sources of funding
Use and allocation of public funds
Student support
School resources
Learning environment
Teacher practices
Learning time & Disciplinary climate
Curriculum & Instruction time
Class size & Student-teacher ratio
Student engagement and motivation
Students' Well-Being
Teacher initial education
Teacher professional development
Teacher employment
Teacher working conditions
Evaluation & Quality assurance
Student assessment
Teacher appraisal
School leader appraisal
School evaluation
System evaluation
Digital divide
Special needs
Socio-economic status
Migrant background
Economic & Social outcomes
Public returns
Labour market outcomes
Social & Health outcomes
Regional development
Cross-border quality assurance
Student mobility
Research & Innovation in education
School leadership
School leader preparation and development
School leader employment
School leader working conditions
Future of education