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Digest of Education Statistics: 2014
Digest of Education Statistics: 2014

NCES 2016-006
April 2016


Table 601.40. Percentage of the population enrolled in secondary and postsecondary education, by age group and country: Selected years, 2002 through 2012
Country Secondary education, 2012 Postsecondary education (total tertiary education)
16 years old 17 years old 18 to 21 years old 22 years old and older 18 to 21 years old 22 to 25 years old 26 to 29 years old
Total 18 years old 19 years old 20 years old 21 years old
2002 2005 2011 2012 2002 2005 2011 2012 2002 2005 2011 2012
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
OECD average1  93 88 25 56 27 13 8 1 26 28 31 32 21 23 26 27 9 10 12   12
Australia 96 82 25 41 25 20 15 3 35 34 37 39 20 21 25 25 10 10 11   11
Austria 90 75 19 44 19 8 4 # 15 16 21 22 18 20 27 27 9 9 16   16
Belgium 101 99 23 48 23 14 10 4 42 43 46 46 18 19 24 23 5 6 7   7
Canada 35 37 20 20 8   8
Chile 89 86 12 31 10 4 2 # 39 39 30 30 12   12
                                           
Czech Republic 98 96 35 86 43 10 4 # 20 23 28 28 16 21 28 30 5 6 8   8
Denmark 95 90 50 86 58 33 24 2 10 10 15 16 29 34 40 38 16 20 20   20
Estonia 96 92 27 80 23 10 6 # 32 31 31 22 26 26 12 11   11
Finland 94 94 40 93 33 19 17 4 21 24 22 21 39 40 37 37 19 20 20   20
France 92 85 19 43 20 8 4 # 35 36 38 39 20 20 21 21 5 5 5   5
                                           
Germany 95 89 38 77 43 24 15 # 12 13 19 20 20 23 27 27 12 13 15   15
Greece 96 96 11 20 12 9 5 # 46 65 48 49 24 18 27 29 11 8 55 2  42
Hungary 98 99 32 76 34 14 8 1 24 29 28 28 18 23 24 25 7 9 8   8
Iceland 96 90 54 83 73 37 25 3 10 12 14 14 24 28 32 32 12 16 17   18
Ireland 101 88 13 45 4 1 1 # 36 38 41 44 11 13 12 14 5 5  
                                           
Israel 93 89 5 17 2 1 # # 10 12 13 13 26 25 27 27 17 15 20   20
Italy 92 86 26 75 21 8 4 # 24 29 27 27 21 23 25 25 8 8 9   9
Japan 97 92 1 3 1 #  
Korea, Republic of 97 93 2 6 # # # # 56 65 68 68 32 32 37 37 7 6 7   8
Luxembourg 88 80 38 69 42 27 14 #  
                                           
Mexico 62 50 13 19 27 3 1 2 15 16 21 21 7 9 11 11 3 3 3   3
Netherlands 99 91 40 66 44 30 19 2 28 29 36 36 22 24 31 31 6 7 12   11
New Zealand 97 84 13 29 12 8 6 2 30 34 37 37 17 23 22 22 8 11 11   11
Norway 95 93 38 88 39 19 9 1 17 19 21 21 27 30 30 29 13 14 14   13
Poland 96 95 36 92 42 12 6 # 27 31 35 35 26 30 31 32 7 6 6   6
                                           
Portugal 96 92 26 52 28 15 9 1 25 27 34 34 20 21 20 22 8 8 7   8
Slovak Republic 93 90 32 82 40 9 2 # 21 22 25 26 13 16 24 25 4 5 6   6
Slovenia 97 95 31 87 24 11 9 1 37 44 44 35 37 39 11 10   10
Spain 97 90 25 45 28 18 12 1 35 34 38 40 24 22 26 26 8 9 9   10
Sweden 99 98 36 94 25 14 13 2 17 17 18 18 28 32 28 28 13 16 16   15
                                           
Switzerland 89 86 39 77 48 23 11 # 10 12 15 15 18 20 25 25 9 10 12   12
Turkey 72 59 6 23 20 33 35 11 27 27 4 11   11
United Kingdom 94 85 16 34 15 9 7 2 30 28 33 34 12 13 13 13 6 7 7   6
United States 93 82 8 30 5 # # # 46 45 50 49 25 23 29 28 11 11 14   14
                                           
Other reporting countries                                          
Brazil 90 84 29 54 30 18 13 2 3 10 15 15 10 9 15 16 5 5 9   9
Russian Federation 69 54 6 17 6 3 1 # 42 41 49 52 10 26 20 20 9   9
—Not available.
#Rounds to zero.
1 Refers to the mean of the data values for all reporting Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, to which each country reporting data contributes equally. The average includes all current OECD countries for which a given year's data are available, even if they were not members of OECD in that year.
2 Data are for the population 26 to 28 years old.
NOTE: Data refer to programs classified as International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 3, level 5A (first and second award), level 5B, and level 6. ISCED level 3 corresponds to secondary education in the United States. ISCED levels 5A (first and second award), 5B, and 6 together make up total tertiary education, which corresponds to 2-year and 4-year college undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. Excludes enrollment in ISCED level 4, which is nontertiary education that corresponds to enrollment in programs of less than 2 years after high school in the United States. Includes both full-time and part-time students. Some increases in enrollment rates may be due to more complete reporting by countries. Enrollment rates may not be directly comparable across countries due to differing definitions of postsecondary (tertiary) education and the age at which it begins. Differences in reference dates between enrollment and population data can result in enrollment rates that exceed 100 percent. Postsecondary data for Luxembourg are not shown because tertiary students generally study for no more than 1 year in Luxembourg and must complete their studies in other countries.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Online Education Database, retrieved January 5, 2015, from http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx. (This table was prepared January 2015.)