The European Commission has presented the latest data on Member States' progress towards the 2010 goals they have set themselves for their education systems under the Lisbon strategy. This annual "indicators and benchmarks" report looks at individual countries' performances in key areas such as completion of secondary education, early school leavers, low achievers in reading literacy, graduates in maths, science and technology and the participation of adults in lifelong learning activities.
The key finding of the 2008 report is that overall Europe is making progress in all areas with the exception of low achievers in reading. However, though education and training has been improving steadily in EU Member States since 2000, progress will need to be faster in almost all areas in order to meet targets by 2010.
The report was prepared by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture in close cooperation with Eurostat, the Eurydice European Unit and the JRC's Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning based on indicators and benchmarks (CRELL). With its expertise in econometrics and statistics in the education field, CRELL has extensively contributed to the whole report. In particular, in the chapter dedicated to lifelong learning, CRELL developed and analysed a composite measure of participation in lifelong learning for European countries based on Eurostat data.
CRELL was established in 2005 within the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen in order to gather expertise in the field of indicator-based evaluation and monitoring of education and training systems. CRELL combines fields of economics, econometrics, education, social sciences and statistics in an interdisciplinary approach to research.