School Dropout and Completion: An International Perspective

  • Stephen Lamb
  • Eifred Markussen


In most OECD countries, graduation from secondary school is now viewed as the minimum level of educational attainment needed for successful participation of young people in further study and work. This is because in most nations, secondary education serves as the foundation for entry to university and other education and training opportunities as well as preparation for entry into the labour market. Over time, it has become more and more important in deciding how economic and other life benefits, such as good health and well-being, are distributed. Despite this, in some countries, the numbers of young people leaving school without completing a relevant upper secondary qualification can be quite large. Even in nations where the numbers appear small, this does not guarantee that education systems have met all of the challenges in adequately equipping every graduate with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to take advantage of the full range of education and labour market opportunities.


Labour Market Young People Secondary Education Completion Rate High School Diploma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Lamb
    • 1
  • Eifred Markussen
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong LearningUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.NIFU Nordic Institute for Studies in InnovationResearch and EducationOsloNorway

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