Efficiency in education: New school values

EDUCATION is flush with data comparisons, from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) run by the OECD, a mainly rich-world think-tank, which ranks 15-year-olds in core subjects every three years, to TIMSS and PIRLS, tests of younger pupils’ mathematics, science and reading levels administered by national research institutions. But such pecking orders cannot tell governments how much they should spend on education, or what the money should go on.Two new pieces of research shine light on these questions. An “efficiency index”, published on September 5th and constructed by academics working with GEMS Education Solutions, a consultancy, analyses the impact of spending on outcomes in 30 rich and developing countries. The OECD’s annual Education at a Glance, published on September 9th, looks more broadly at school financing and structures, and how these affect results and progress to university and work. Both offer lessons for governments around the world.As far as star pupils and stragglers are concerned, the efficiency index resembles other rankings. Finland and South Korea shine (two of PISA’s other high performers, China and…

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