How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2016

15 Sep 2016


Every year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) publishes Education at a Glance (EAG), a set of indicators that compares the education systems of 35 member countries, and other participating partner countries. The indicators in Education at a Glance are considered to "reflect a consensus among professionals on how to measure the current state of education internationally", and are a key reference for assessing New Zealand's education system in an international context.

This is the 24th edition of Education at a Glance. This year’s report reflects 2015 data on educational attainment and labour market outcomes, and 2014 data for other non-financial indicators. Financial indicators are for 2013 data (which for New Zealand is the 2013/2014 financial year). The report includes over 300 country comparison tables and graphs covering 28 education system indicators including:

  • Educational attainment in the population
  • Participation and achievement
  • Expenditure on education
  • Transitions from school to work
  • Employment and earnings, and returns on educational investment
  • Education and social outcomes
  • International education
  • Teachers: teacher-student ratios, salaries, working time, and demographics, and school leaders
  • Student financial support and tertiary tuition fees
  • How early childhood systems differ around the world
  • Adult learning.
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