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New method of collecting data on educational attainment
 

The Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia publishes data on educational attainment for total population of Slovenia as of 1 January 2011 for the first time on the basis of administrative and statistical sources. So far data on educational attainment for total population have been collected only by conventional (field) censuses (the last one with the reference date of 31 March 2002) on the individual statement basis. With the transition to the new methodology, the data are based mostly on official records and the evidence of completion of individual level of education.

Preparation of the data on educational attainment

The Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia used 9 sources of data on educational attainment using the source hierarchy methodology. We examined each provided source of the data on educational attainment and assessed suitability for use in terms of quality, reliability, timeliness, accessibility and comparability. Preparation of the data on educational attainment is a complex statistical process due to the collection of data on persons that participated in education in different periods and different educational systems. It should also be noted that an increasing part of the population is still in the educational process at the time of data collection.

The basic methodological principle is the hierarchy of the sources, which means that in case of availability of data on educational attainment in several sources, the priority is given to the source indicated with higher priority or in case of more than one record for the same person in the same source the highest level of education is considered (in case that a person after professional higher education has completed magisterij of science, we considered the magisterij of science). Sources administrated by SORS are annual statistical surveys on students (enrolment and graduates), scholarships and the Statistical Register of Employment (SRDAP). For persons whose data were not found in any of the eight sources, data were taken from the 2002 Population Census (usually these are the data for older persons that were no longer in the educational process after 2002 or were not economically active).

Data sources on educational attainment by level of priority

Priority

Source administrator

Source content

Period

1

SORS

Tertiary education graduates

 

1989 - 2010

2

National Examination Center

Graduates of general and vocational matura

2002 - 2010

3

Chambers (commerce, craft, business and trade)

Vocational upper secondary education and persons that passed foreman, head clerk or master craftsman exams

2002 - 2010

4

SORS

Student enrolment in tertiary education – education at enrolment

2002/03 -2010/11

5

National Examination Center

National examinations at the end of the 3rd educational cycle

2006 - 2010

6

SORS

Recipients of national scholarships

2006 - 2010

7

SORS

Persons in the Statistical Register of Employment with data on educational attainment

1986 - 2010

8

Employment Service of Slovenia

Registered unemployed persons

1. 1. 2011

9

SORS

2002 Population Census – highest level of education or inclusion in a training course

31. 3. 2002

Editing data on educational attainment

Statistical methods (imputation, automated corrections) were also used to improve quality and consistency of data.

Classification System of Education and Training (KLASIUS)

We used for the first time the Classification System of Education and Training for statistical monitoring of the educational composition of the population (KLASIUS-SRV classification). The data in all sources which were prepared in accordance with the then valid classifications of education had to be preliminarily converted into the KLASIUS-SRV classification. Data on educational attainment are published according to dissemination derivatives of the KLASIUS-SRV classification.

© Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia. Use and publication of data is allowed provided the source is acknowledged.