We know it’s hard to keep up with the steady flow of OECD education research. With so many publications recently released, and many still in the pipeline for 2011, we thought we’d point you to some of the most popular publications of 2010.

1. PISA Results Reveals Wide Differences in Education Outcomes


Perhaps our most anticipated education data of the year, the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results proved what we’ve known all along: education is a good investment. PISA evaluated the quality, equity, and efficiency of school systems around the world representing nine-tenths of the world economy. Videos were jointly produced by the OECD and the Pearson Foundation and featured Ontario, Canada; Shanghai, China; Finland and Poland. These education systems were chosen as examples either for their strong performance in the OECD’s PISA or for their improvement in performance over the past years.

2. Back to School, OECD-Style: Education at a Glance


To kick off the 2010-2011 school year, we released Education at a Glance, the OECD Education Directorate’s flagship publication. The report is full of facts about public education spending, individual costs of education, teacher salaries, parent choices in education and much, much more.

3. Education Today: One-Stop Shopping for OECD Messages on Education


The new and improved version of Education Today provides quick snap shots of OECD policy messages on education in eight areas: early childhood education, schooling, transitions beyond initial education, higher education, adult learning, outcomes and returns, equity, and innovation.

4. Trends Shaping Education

Education is not an island. Trends Shaping Education brings together international evidence to address questions like: How can education adapt to increasingly diverse societies? How is globalization affecting economic power and the demand for higher education?

5. Language Classes Are Not Enough: OECD Reviews of Migrant Education

The report OECD Reviews of Migrant Education: Closing the Gap for Immigrant Students examines policies that provide better opportunities and outcomes for migrant students. Many of its policy recommendations focus on tools to improve education for migrants without additional funding.


Have you kept up with us? We’re impressed if you did! Here are some previews of what’s in store for 2011:

  • A must read for internet enthusiasts: Connected Minds: How learners’ attachment to digital media is influencing education
  • PISA fans rejoice: we will release PISA Volume VI and the PISA 2009 Technical Report
  • It just keeps getting better: The 2011 version of Education at a Glance will be released, our annual bestseller
  • Bringing it all back home…to the classroom: The OECD’srichly illustrated collection of the world’s best school and university buildings,Designing for Education: 4th Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities

    Keep track of all of our new work at the OECD ilibrary.

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