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International education comparisons: a compendium of published information on education provision and achievement in 10 countries

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Great Britain. National Audit Office.

Abstract

NAO Report: International Education Comparisons - A compendium of published information on education provision and achievement in 10 countries AUGUST 2006 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION COMPARISONS A COMPENDIUM OF PUBLISHED INFORMATION ON EDUCATION PROVISION AND ACHIEVEMENT IN 10 COUNTRIES 6752rf_Int Ed Comp Book.indb A6752rf_Int Ed Comp Book.indb A 21/07/2006 14:01:0421/07/2006 14:01:04 The National Audit Office scrutinises public spending on behalf of Parliament. The Comptroller and Auditor General, Sir John Bourn, is an Officer of the House of Commons. He is the head of the National Audit Office, which employs some 850 staff. He, and the National Audit Office, are totally independent of Government. He certifies the accounts of all Government departments and a wide range of other public sector bodies; and he has statutory authority to report to Parliament on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which departments and other bodies have used their resources. Our work saves the taxpayer millions of pounds every year. At least £8 for every £1 spent running the Office. 6752rf_Int Ed Comp Book.indb B6752rf_Int Ed Comp Book.indb B 21/07/2006 14:01:1021/07/2006 14:01:10 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION COMPARISONS A COMPENDIUM OF PUBLISHED INFORMATION ON EDUCATION PROVISION AND ACHIEVEMENT IN 10 COUNTRIES AUGUST 2006 6752rf_Int Ed Comp Book.indb E6752rf_Int Ed Comp Book.indb E 21/07/2006 14:01:1021/07/2006 14:01:10 The National Audit Office study team consisted of: Leon Bardot, Mohbubul Choudhury and Angela Hands This report can be found on the National Audit Office web site at www.nao.org.uk For further information about the National Audit Office please contact: National Audit Office Press Office 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road Victoria London SW1W 9SP Tel: 020 7798 7400 Email: [email protected] © National Audit Office 2006 CONTENTS PREFACE 1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2 PART 1 Education systems and the 7 learning environment Context 7

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