Education at a Glance 2015 - OECD Indicators

published 26 November 2015 updated 26 November 2015

This year's Education at a Glance report emphasizes the impact of the economic crisis on education and teachers' working conditions. Building upon existing quantitative data from OECD’s Indicators of Educational Systems (INES) and qualitative date from its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), it reveals how austerity measures and budgetary cuts have negatively impacted public spending in education and in particular, teachers' remuneration and access to professional development. In addition to that, the ageing teaching workforce in OECD countries sheds light on the effect of underinvestment in education: education is not attractive to highly qualified young people. The report also recognizes that larger classes, often correlated to teacher shortages, undermine the quality of education.

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