How does Moldova compare internationally?

Moldova performs worse than most other EECA countries in reading, maths and science.

Moreover, Moldova lags behind most OECD countries.

Education outcomes are more inequitable in Moldova than internationally

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

Policies are needed to help all students succeed.

An important factor in student outcomes is where they attend school

Urban students in Moldova perform better than rural students at rates exceeding those of similar students across the OECD.

Educational spending in Moldova is low by regional and international benchmarks

Moldova's expenditure on education is far less than the OECD average. More spending could contribute to better outcomes.

Students in Moldova spend the least time in class among students internationally

Students spent roughly five fewer hours per week in class than students across the OECD.

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

Students in Moldova are more likely to be truant than students internationally

50% of students skipped class or skipped school in the previous two weeks.

Truancy is related to lower academic performance and can lead to high risk behaviour such as dropout.

Teaching practices in Moldova differ from international benchmarks

Compared to the average across OECD countries:

  • Teachers in Moldova 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 Moldova 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 performance.

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

Teachers are more likely to:

  • Be absent

  • Not meet individual student needs

Fewer teachers in Moldova participate in professional development compared to international benchmarks

Professional development can be important to help teachers continuously improve, but only 34% of teachers in Moldova participated in the last three months.