Measuring education and training progress in Europe
EU countries have managed to sharply increase the number of graduates improved their education systems in key areas mathematics, science and technology© Zsuzsanna Kilian (stock.xchng)
The European Commission's new progress report on education and training, co-authored by the JRC's scientists, reveals that EU countries have managed to sharply increase the number of graduates in mathematics, science and technology. However, they will need to step up their efforts in other important areas such as reducing school drop-out rate.
The EU countries in 2003 agreed to improve their different education systems, and set up benchmarks to measure progress. In 2010, only one of the five benchmarks was met: the number of maths, science and technology graduates in the EU increased with 37% compared to 2000 – easily outstripping the EU target of 15%. Significant, but insufficient, progress was made to reduce the school drop-out rate, increase the number of pupils completing upper secondary education, improve reading literacy skills and increase the share of adults participating in education or training.