What is it?
The Education and Training Monitor is an instrument to foster and encourage evidence-based policy making. It is an annual report that illustrates, in a succinct document, the evolution of education and training systems across Europe. It takes into account a variety of benchmarks and indicators, as well as recent studies and policy developments.
Why is it needed?
In 2012 the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training, Education and Training 2020 (ET 2020) was redesigned to bring it in line with the EU strategy for growth and jobs . The Monitor contributes to the analytical basis for the European Semester and provides input to national debates.
What has been done so far?
To date, two editions of the Monitor have been published. The latest report , published in October 2013, dealt with:
- Investing in skills and qualifications
- Tackling early school leaving and increasing the quality of education
- Emphasising effectiveness and quality in the modernisation of higher education
- Facilitating the transition from education to work through vocational education and training
- Upgrading skills through lifelong learning
The report also included a summary of key findings . The latest Education and Training Monitor is accompanied by 28 country reports , as well as a visualisation tool to evaluate the performance and progress of the Member States in relation to the ET2020 targets. The visualisation tool covers comparable performance data on:
- Early leavers from education and training
- Tertiary education attainment
- Early childhood education and care
- Low achievement in reading, maths, and science
- Employment rate of recent graduates
- Adult participation in lifelong learning
In early 2015, the DG will publish the next edition of the Education and Training Monitor.