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ERIC Number: ED530640
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
How Are Girls Doing in School--and Women Doing in Employment--around the World? Education Indicators in Focus. No. 3
OECD Publishing (NJ1)
Education Indicators in Focus is a recurring series of briefs that highlight specific indicators in OECD's Education at a Glance that are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners. They provide a detailed look into current issues in pre-primary, primary and secondary education, higher education, and adult outcomes from a global perspective, and contain an engaging mix of text, tables and charts that describe the international context of the most pressing questions in education policy and practice. This brief reports that on the 2009 PISA reading assessment, girls outperformed boys in every country, and on average by 39 score points--the equivalent of one year of schooling. By contrast, boys tend to outperform girls in mathematics. An estimated 66% of young women in OECD countries are expected to enter a university programme during their lifetime, compared to 52% of young men. Men are more likely than women to hold advanced research qualifications, and 74% of all graduates in the fields of engineering, manufacturing and construction are men. Higher (tertiary) education improves job prospects for both men and women, and the gender gap in employment narrows at the highest levels of educational attainment.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment