OECD Reports Slow Progress Towards UN’s Goal of Quality Education for All

At the 2015 AAP Annual Meeting Dr. David Nabarro, Special Advisor on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations, talked about the role of publishers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which include a quality and inclusive educational for all. The recent OECD report Education at a Glance 2016, which examines each country’s progress towards the UN’s education goal, found that of the 35 OECD countries, only 12 with available data are meeting the benchmark level for at least five of the ten targets for education.

“Education at a Glance 2016 shows that governments are continuing to prioritise investments in education, despite the challenging fiscal context. Between 2008 and 2013, in OECD countries, real expenditure per student rose by 8% in primary to post-secondary non-tertiary education and 6% in tertiary education,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the launch of the report in Brussels with European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics. However, when gauging the progress against the UN’s sustainable goal for education, “The results are sobering...Australia and Canada are on top globally, with Belgium and the Netherlands leading the ranks in the EU. However, many EU countries are lagging behind both in terms of measurement and in achieving the targets. The targets related to the quality of learning outcomes and skills of students and adults seem to be particularly hard to crack.”

Key findings for the United States

  • Early childhood enrollment remains lower than the average in the U.S. compared to other OECD countries.
  • Students who attended pre-primary in the U.S. were less likely to be low performers on the math portion of PISA than their counterparts.
  • Even though spending per student decreased from 2008-2013, the United States still spends higher than the average amount per student from primary through tertiary education.
  • Intergenerational mobility for 25-44 year-olds with low-educated parents is higher for those with native-born parents than those with foreign-born parents

Read Education a Glance 2016, OECD (September 2016)


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