41277828 - Education at a Glance 2008 NO MEDIA OR WIRE...

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1 Education at a Glance 2008 NO MEDIA OR WIRE TRANSMISSION BEFORE 9 SEPTEMBER 2008, 11:00 PARIS TIME OECD Briefing Note For Finland Governments are paying increasing attention to international comparisons as they search for effective policies that enhance individuals’ social and economic prospects, provide incentives for greater efficiency in the provision of education, and help to mobilise resources to meet rising demands. In response to this need, the OECD devotes a major effort to the development and analysis of quantitative, internationally comparable indicators, which are published annually in Education at a Glance . These indicators enable educational policy makers and practitioners alike to see their education systems in the light of other countries’ performances and, together with OECD’s country policy reviews, are designed to support and review the efforts that governments are making towards policy reform. This note contrasts key findings for Finland with global trends among OECD countries , under the headings: quantity and quality challenges, resource and efficiency challenges and equity challenges. Education at a Glance 2008, as well as its executive summary and the underlying data can be downloaded free of charge at www.oecd.org/edu/eag2008 Questions can be directed to: Andreas Schleicher Head, Indicators and Analysis Division OECD Directorate for Education Tel: +33 1 45 24 93 66, email Andreas.Schleicher@OECD.org
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QUANTITY AND QUALITY CHALLENGES The decades-old expansion in educational participation and outputs continues – and at a pace that outstrips many past projections. With completion of upper secondary education close to universal in most OECD countries, the greatest recent expansion has come in the tertiary sector. While, in 1995, 37% of a cohort went into university-level programmes it is now 57%, on average across OECD countries. It is hard to predict the future from past trends. Will the expansion of tertiary education continue at this rapid pace, driven by an ever-rising demand for the highly skilled? Or will it level off and will relative earnings decline? At the beginning of the 20th century, few would have predicted that, among OECD countries, upper secondary education would be largely universal by the end of the century. So it is equally difficult to predict how tertiary qualifications will have evolved by the end of the 21st century. Education at a Glance 2008 provides a profile of educational qualifications in populations as well as indicators on trends in the quantity and quality of the output of educational institutions. For the first time, it also relates the qualifications that are produced by the education system to their actual deployment across occupational groups. Global trends
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