Education and Training Monitor 2017

The Monitor in brief

The monitor is Commission's flagship annual publication on education and training in the EU.

A crucial part of the EU's agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth is bolstering Europe's education and training. With its international comparison and country analysis, the Education and Training Monitor fuels the debate on priority themes for education and training and informs national education reform debates.

Inequality is the lead theme of this year's Monitor, reflecting the serious challenges facing many Europeans today. Whether it be tackling intergenerational educational underachievement or the difficulties facing low-skilled migrants, the EU member states employ education and training in different ways to achieve equity in their respective societies.

Endorsed by government representatives from all EU member states, the Monitor charts EU and the country progress using six targets:

  1. to reduce the early leavers from education and training below 10%
  2. to reach 40% tertiary educational attainment among 30 to 34-year-olds
  3. to reach the 95% participation in early childhood education and care
  4. to reduce the underachievement in reading, maths and science below 15%
  5. to reach the employment rate of recent graduates of 82%
  6. to reach 15% adult participation in learning

Relying on a broad range of quantitative and qualitative sources, the Education and Training Monitor includes Eurostat data, OECD studies and surveys, and analysis of education systems undertaken by the Eurydice network. The Monitor is the reliable and up-to-date source of information for peer learning among the 28 EU Member States.

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Both the EU report and the Country reports of the Education and Training Monitor are available as e-books in ePub format.

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Questions concerning the 2017 edition of the Education and Training Monitor, as well as requests for the data on which the tables and figures are based, should be sent to eac-monitor@ec.europa.eu.

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