Out-of-School and Out-of-Data? New Agency publication

A conceptual working paper related to the European Agency Statistics on Inclusive Education (EASIE) is now available on the Agency website.

The EASIE data collection exercises examine a range of equity issues for education. This includes access to mainstream and inclusive education, with a specific focus on data on learners who are officially recognised as having special educational needs.

Over time, the data collection exercises have shown the difficulties countries face in identifying learners who are out of school and not in any form of education. As a result, the EASIE team highlighted three main questions that required further exploration with member countries to develop the EASIE data collection work:

  • What does the concept of ‘out-of-school’ mean?
  • Who are out-of-school learners and what situations are they in?
  • What data on out-of-school learners is being collected and could be collected?

The resulting ‘Out-of-School and Out-of-Data?’ conceptual paper is a guide to ensure that the EASIE work takes into account all children/learners. This includes those who should, by law, be in some form of recognised education, but who are out of any form of recognised education. As a result, the EASIE work will offer a more comprehensive and cohesive database for policy-makers and other stakeholders.

A Background Information Report and country-specific information considering these key issues have also been published. The three outputs are available on the Agency website.

For more information on the EASIE work, please visit the EASIE web area.

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