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Navigating OECD’s work on education with GPS

11 June 2014
by Guest author

Today’s post is by Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills

We use GPS as a navigation device all the time, in our cars, our phones and on our computers. Now you can also navigate the world of education through the OECD’s Education GPS. This free online resource connects you to the satellites of OECD’s available data, research and analysis information and provides a mapping tool with real-time evidence to help guide policy-makers in the most efficient way as they plan their reforms. Visualisations and tables provide an interactive experience generating an understanding of education policies and key findings. You can search through a variety of topics such as teachers, finance and equity and find clear and concise insights and policy options or compare information across countries on a wide range of indicators, such as teaching hours per year, attainment of tertiary level education, and private / public expenditure on educational institutions.

The tool is in three parts, the first component, ‘Analyse by country’ allows you to draw from a wide variety of education indicators and data to create your own country report based on your own customizations.

Analyse by country

The second tool, ‘Explore data’ is a wealth of knowledge giving you easy access to the OECD’s educational data from sources such as PISA, Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), Education at a Glance and numerous additional data sources. You can compare countries’ education systems through their successes in providing a high-quality education for all.

Explore data

The third and most recent addition to the GPS tool, ‘Review education policies’ allows you to travel through the OECD’s extensive knowledge base of research and analysis of education policies and practices across the world. Through this tool, you can explore numerous topics ranging from equity, finance and funding, teachers, internationalisation, in addition to how each of these topics is interconnected. With ‘Review Education Policies’, you can navigate through related links which take you directly to the relevant publications, where you can explore these sources by author, title and year. You can navigate a handy glossary for statistical terms. There are also sections for Key insights and Policy options that give quick one-liners for easy comprehension.

Review policies

Educating oneself about education is the most powerful tool of all. I encourage everyone to discover the information on education that is available through the Education GPS tool.


Useful links:

OECD’s Education GPS

Analyse by country

Explore data

Review education policies

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