European Agency Statistics on Inclusive Education (EASIE)

The Agency first collected data on the numbers of pupils identified as having special educational needs (SEN) in 17 Agency member countries in 1999. The information collected at that time was reviewed and considered useful reference material for Agency country representatives. The Agency has collected and published data on the numbers of pupils identified as having SEN and where they were educated every two years since 2002.

As a result of the various developments in the Agency data collection work, the agreed goal for EASIE is to provide data that informs country-level work on learners’ rights issues and informs debates on equity and participation in inclusive education.

The EASIE quantitative data collection involves country experts providing statistics relating to:

  • Population and enrolment
  • Age samples
  • Learners with an official decision of SEN
  • Gender breakdowns of learners with an official decision of SEN
  • ISCED level breakdowns of learners with an official decision of SEN.

In order to put the quantitative data supplied by countries into a clear context, all countries provide four areas of descriptive, qualitative background information:

  1. A description of how the official decision of SEN used in the country relates to the agreed EASIE operational definition
  2. The proxy indicator for the 80% benchmark used for data collection
  3. A detailed description of what is meant by out of formal education within the country
  4. How data on private sector education has been covered in the country information.

This web area presents all available quantitative and qualitative country information for the 2012/2013, 2014/2015 and 2016/2017 school years in an accessible, interactive and easily comparable way. The default view is the most recent dataset. For further information, please refer to the EASIE Methodology Report.

Information for the data tables was collected from a large group of data experts who contributed to the EASIE data collection. A full list of these experts is available here.

The EASIE 2014 Dataset Cross-Country Report (covering the 2012/2013 school year) and the EASIE 2016 Dataset Cross-Country Report (covering the 2014/2015 school year) have been published.

Excel files of the full EASIE 2014 and 2016 datasets are available on request from the Agency Secretariat ( They include all the available data from 30 countries, covering data from the 2012/2013 and 2014/2015 school years. Other datasets will be available when they are completed.

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