How does Croatia compare internationally?

Croatia performs better than all other EECA countries in reading, maths and science.

However, Croatia lags behind most OECD countries.

Education outcomes are more equitable in Croatia than internationally, but gaps still exist

Socio-economically advantaged students and girls perform better than socio-economicaly disadvantaged students and boys.

Policies are needed to help all students succeed.

Educational spending in Croatia is low by regional and international benchmarks

Croatia performs better than expected given its level of funding.

However, its expenditure on education is far less than the OECD average. More spending could contribute to even better outcomes.

Students in Croatia spend less time in class than students internationally

Students spent roughly one hour less per week in class than students across the OECD.

Spending more time in class can be related to higher performance.

Teaching practices in Croatia differ from international benchmarks

Compared to the average across OECD countries:

  • Teachers in Croatia use more teacher-directed instruction (e.g. lecturing to classes)

  • And slightly less adaptive methods that focus on meeting students’ individual needs.

The practices commonly used by teachers in Croatia are associated with lower reading scores

More teacher-directed instruction is generally associated with lower reading performance and more adaptive instruction is generally associated with higher reading performance.

Teachers in Croatia are more likely than teachers in OECD countries to engage in behaviour that may hinder student learning

Teachers are more likely to:

  • Be absent

  • Resist change

  • Not meet individual student needs