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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. Data on the numbers of pupils identified as having SEN and where they were educated has been collected and published every two years since 2002.

As a result of the various developments in the Agency data collection work, the agreed goal for EASIE now 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 in six data tables:

  1. Population and enrolment
  2. Age samples of 9 and 15 years
  3. Pupils with an official decision of SEN
  4. Gender breakdown of pupils with an official decision of SEN
  5. Age breakdown for ISCED level 1 of pupils with an official decision of SEN
  6. Age breakdown for ISCED level 2 of pupils 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 school year in an accessible, interactive and easily comparable way. For further information, please refer to the EASIE Methodology Report.


2014 Dataset Cross-Country Report

The EASIE 2014 Dataset Cross-Country Report is now available. It is based on the first EASIE dataset collected in late 2014, early 2015, focusing upon the school year 2012–2013. The report presents the agreed data from participating countries in a cross-country format that has the potential to directly inform the work of national and European level policy- and decision-makers working in the field of education.

Last modified Oct 3, 2017