Education in the World
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) collects information from around the world on education, population, economic output, productivity, labor market, and innovation themes to highlight differences within countries. This data is featured on Data.gov in cooperation with the Department of State.
The OECD PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), created in 1997, reviews the reading, mathematical, and scientific literacy of 15 year olds around the world. The PISA program goes beyond the examination of whether students have mastered their school’s curriculum and asks if there knowledge will translate into skills needed in adult life.
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Education in the Nation
President Obama has established a goal that, by 2020, the United States will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Meeting this goal is vital to our long-term economic security and to preparing young people and adults to be active citizens. Reaching the President’s goal will require comprehensive education reforms from cradle to career, beginning with children at birth, supporting them through high school and postsecondary education, and helping them to succeed as lifelong learners who can adapt to the constant changes in the demands of the global economy. To monitor the country’s progress towards reaching our goal, the U.S. Department of Education presents the United States Education Dashboard. The Dashboard is intended to spur and inform conversations about how to improve educational results.
More than half of all new jobs in the next decade will require a postsecondary certificate or degree. Accordingly, boosting the number of college graduates should be a central goal in every state’s workforce and economic development plan. Raising college completion rates should be a central part of the strategy for reaching that goal.
Informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States. Report cards communicate the findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a continuing and nationally representative measure of achievement in various subjects over time.