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Subject: Detailed statistics about level of education
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: ronboy1-ga
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Posted: 14 Jul 2004 10:18 PDT
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Where can I find data about the level of education in different
countries, at different years?
I need to know how many people in each country have graduated each
level, such as elementary school, secondary and high education
Subject: Re: Detailed statistics about level of education
Answered By: leli-ga on 16 Jul 2004 03:44 PDT
Hello ronboy1

The Unesco Institute for Statistics collects data about education
around the world. I believe they offer the widest-ranging data
available to answer your question about "the level of education in
different countries, at different years".
You can download their table called "Percentage distribution of
population by educational attainment" from a page which also offers
several other related tables.

Although these are the "latest UIS global statistics", published in
2002, you will notice that some figures are not very up-to-date,
perhaps because of the difficulty of collecting this kind of
information in less-developed countries.

More recent information like the "school life expectancy rates" table
might also be of interest. (See link on same page.)

You can find answers to "How were the data collected?; How do we
ensure the quality of the data?; How up-to-date are the statistics?;
What population and finance data do we use? " here:

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a
key source of information. Since they give separate figures for
different age groups, you get a picture of levels of education
changing over the years, even though the data was all collected in one

See their 2002 tables on 30 countries:

Indicator A3: Educational attainment of the labour force and adult population,2340,en_2649_34515_1939690_1_1_1_1,00.html

and their 2003 tables:

Indicator A1: Current upper secondary graduation rates and attainment
of the adult population

    * Table A1.1. Upper secondary graduation rates (2001)
    * Table A1.2. Population that has attained at least upper
secondary education (2001)
    * Table A1.3. Post-secondary non-tertiary graduation rates (2001)

Indicator A2: Current tertiary graduation and survival rates and
attainment of the adult population,2340,en_2649_34515_14152482_1_1_1_1,00.html

The US National Center for Education Statistics may also be helpful,
though some of their data comes from the OECD. For instance:

"Percentage of the population aged 25 to 64, by highest level of
education attained and country: 1991"

Source page:

The international system for measuring levels of educational
attainment is called ISCED (International Standard Classification of
Education). For more detailed information on specific countries, you
may want to search with:

ISCED level population +[placename]

For example:
ISCED level population Australia

I hope this helps you with your research, but please ask for
clarification if you have a query.

Best Wishes - Leli

Searches:  education statistics
"education level" population country OR countries
ISCED level population statistics OR data OR tables
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