An Israeli classroom. (Gili Yaari/Flash90) (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Israeli classroom

Israelis are among the most educated in the developed world, a report by the OEDC shows. 

Israeli schooling.

Israeli schooling. (Mendy Hechtman/Flash90)

Israel has some of the highest educational attainment rates of all members of the prestigious Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, especially at the tertiary academic level and among the older population, the OECD’s Education at a Glance 2015 report showed.

The report on the on the state of education in 34 OECD countries, which was released on Tuesday, showed that 85% of Israel’s  population aged 25-64 have completed a secondary high school education, above the OECD average of 76%.

This trend, beginning with the older generation, has continued to the present day: 78% of 55-64 year-olds and 91% of 25-34 year-olds attained an upper-secondary qualification, above the OECD averages of 66% and 83%, respectively.

Almost half, 49%, of Israel’s adult population aged 25-64 have attained an academic education, well above the OECD average of 34%, and the second highest rate of all OECD countries.

Israel has the highest percentage of adults between the ages of 55-64 who have acquired an academic education (47%), almost twice the OECD average (25%).

Israel is above the OECD average in its academic educated population among every age group, the report showed.

In the Jewish State, 22% of the adult population aged 25-64 have a bachelor’s degree, above the OECD average of 15%. The percentage of the adult population with a master’s degree is on par with the OECD average of 11%, while the percentage of the 25-64 year-olds with doctoral degrees is slightly above the OECD average of 1%.

More young Israeli women have graduated high school than young men, with 53% of women between the ages of 25-64 achieving a high school degree and just 44% of men in the same age group, compared with the OECD average of 35% and 32%, respectively.

Israel also has a high early childhood enrollment rate, with almost one-half (45%) of 2-year-olds and 100% of 3 year-olds enrolled in early-childhood programs, above the OECD averages of 39% and 74%, respectively.

Although Israel spends relatively little on education per student, it spends one of the highest percentages of its gross domestic product (GDP) on education, which may partially be due to its high enrollment rates among the total population.

“The education report of the OECD is the world’s bible for education among developed countries. For Israel, it is also a report about our future security because only a leading and excellent education system will let us deal with the multiple and intensifying challenges and threats,” Carmel Shama- Hacohen, Israel’s envoy to the OECD, stated Tuesday.

The report “allow for pride and satisfaction” alongside points that “don’t allow you to rest for a moment,” the envoy added.