Getting Education and Training ready for 2020

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The European Commission’s annual Education and Training Monitor finds that Member States have made further progress to improve their education and training systems. The annual study was published October 16, 2018 for the seventh time and is an important part of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020). Within the framework, Member States have agreed on six targets to be achieved by 2020:

  1. to reduce the early leavers from education and training below 10% 
  2. to reach 40% tertiary educational attainment among 30 to 34-year-olds
  3. to reach the 95% participation in early childhood education and care
  4. to reduce the underachievement in reading, maths and science below 15%
  5. to reach the employment rate of recent graduates of 82%
  6. to reach 15% adult participation in learning

Additional priority areas for monitoring include languages, adult skills, teachers, investment in education and training, ICT in education, entrepreneurship in education and VET.

The Monitor analyses the main challenges for European education systems and presents policies that can make them more responsive to societal and labour market needs. The report comprises a cross-country comparison, 28 in-depth country reports, and a dedicated webpage with additional data and information material.