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Data on Education

Updated: 10 November 2014

World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -UNESCO)

The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) brings together data from Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys from over sixty countries to enable users to compare education attainment between countries, and between groups within countries, according to factors that are associated with inequality, including wealth, gender, ethnicity and location. Users can create maps, charts, infographics and tables from the data, and download, print or share them online.

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Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) (OECD)

PISA is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. To date, students representing more than 70 economies have participated in the assessment. The most recently published results are from the assessment in 2012. Around 510,000 students in 65 economies took part in the PISA 2012 assessment of reading, mathematics and science representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally. Of those economies, 44 took part in an assessment of creative problem solving and 18 in an assessment of financial literacy.

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Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, Boston, USA)

A globally cooperative enterprise, TIMSS conducts comprehensive state-of the-art assessments of student achievement supported with extensive data about country, school, and classroom learning environments. Fifty countries participated in TIMSS 2007, and more than 60 are expected to take part in TIMSS 2011. TIMSS 2011 is the fifth in IEA’s series of international assessments of student achievement dedicated to improving teaching and learning in mathematics and science. First conducted in 1995, TIMSS reports every four years on the achievement of fourth and eighth grade students.

Mathematics Results

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International Database (in SPSS & SAS)

The Education Policy and Data Center (Family Health International & Academy for Educational Development, FHI360)

The Education Policy and Data Center provides global education data, tools for data visualization, and policy-oriented analysis aimed at improving schools and learning in developing countries.

Data by Country

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Data by School Level

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World University Ranking (Times Higher Education, TSL, London, UK)

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014 powered by Thomson Reuters are the only global university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.






Paul Tough (2013)
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Mariner Books

Amanda Ripley (2013)
The Smartest Kids in the world: And How They Got Tat Way.
Simon & Schuster

Tony Wagner (2012)
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who will Change the World.

Leonard Sax (2009)
Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men.
Basic Books

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Education Around the World (Deutsche Welle: DW Akademie, Germany)

Education is essential to a healthy and self-determined life. Around 79 percent of the world population can read and write, but there are big differences in the literacy rates between regions.

Literacy by Region

Literacy Rates by Country and Gender

Enrollment ratios since the Millennium Development goals

Expenditures on Education and the Military

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Updated: 20 May 2015