Guide to OECD Education Statistics


Updated annually, this database contains an up-to-date array of comparative education statistics and indicators from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and non-OECD countries from 1985 onwards. It provides information on the human and financial resources invested in education, on access to, progression and completion of education, on how education and learning systems operate, and on the returns to educational investments.

Main topics

Within UKDS.Stat, the OECD Education Statistics are presented in the following datasets (some will include missing data):

  • Archive database (ISCED 1997 data) 2000-2011.
  • Education and skills.
  • Education at a Glance.
  • Measuring Innovation in Education.
  • Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS).

Data series include:

  • Educational Personnel
  • Expenditure by funding source and transaction type  
  • Expenditure by nature and resource category
  • Foreign / international students enrolled
  • Graduates by age
  • Graduates by field of education
  • New entrants by sex and age
  • Students aligned to finance and personnel data
  • Students enrolled by age
  • Students enrolled by type of institution
  • Total population by sex and age 

Access OECD data

Access to the OECD Education Statistics via UKDS.Stat is freely available to all.

Effective July 15th 2015, the UK Data Service made access to OECD online statistics databases free to all users. Please refer to the OECD’s Terms and Conditions, I including information on ‘What can you do with OECD published content (data, text and multimedia products)'.


You'll find more information on the OECD's work in education at the Directorate for Education and Skills.

The OECD Handbook for Internationally Comparative Education Statistics (PDF 2.68MB) provides the definitions and conventions used in the underlying data collections as well as the methodologies used to compile the published statistics and indicators derived from them. By also providing advice on data quality issues, the Handbook provides an essential aid to the effective use of the statistics and indicators on education that OECD produces.

ISCED 2011 Operational Manual: Guidelines for classifying National Education Programmes and related Qualifications

The OECD also provides the following documentation associated with Education:

For more information on PISA, visit the PISA website  or the brochure of the PISA study and analysis (PDF 3.49MB).


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