Education at a Glance 2018: on the road to equity in education

By Marie-Helene Doumet
Senior Analyst, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills

For many in the Northern hemisphere, September means it’s time to head back to school. As students start feeling the excitement of the first day, many parents, policy leaders, and governments are thinking about how to best prepare our children for their future.

One of the most pressing topics on many agendas is how to reduce the achievement gap across populations and ensure that all have access to a quality education. Education serves as the foundation of our progression through life, and policy makers around the world have made it their priority to guarantee that personal and social circumstances – such as gender, socio-economic status or country of origin – do not inhibit personal growth and achievement.

The OECD contributes to the back-to-school debate through the release of its annual flagship publication, Education at a Glance. Set to be published on Tuesday 11 September, the upcoming edition focuses on equity in education through a number of channels such as parents’ education level, gender, immigrant background and geographic location. Through new data and indicators, the publication analyses how these factors influence access to and participation in education, and, in turn, how they impact individuals’ labour market outcomes.

Much has already been achieved in bridging some of the opportunity gaps our children face, but as this edition of Education at a Glance reminds us, there’s still a long way to go to achieving equity in education.

Stay tuned for more on 11 September!

Education at a Glance 2018 will be released on 11 September at 11:00 AM CEST.  Main findings will be available on the Education at a Glance website. Access and download the data from the OECD Education at a Glance Database.    
Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, will be discussing the main findings of Education at a Glance 2018 during a global webinar on Tuesday 11 September at 4:00 PM CEST. Register for the free webinar here

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