The Teacher’s Waking Nightmare

You did well at school and at college. You studied hard and made great sacrifices to qualify as a teacher – determined to help the next generation reach their full potential. But now you’re standing in a poorly-equipped classroom in front of 50 children aged from 6 to 11 years old. You have a few textbooks that are falling apart, only a handful of pens and pencils, a few scraps of paper, and no chalk for the chalkboard painted on the crumbling wall behind you. And your pupils are looking at you expectantly, ready for you to teach them everything that they need to know.

News from Hamburg: Big Steps Forward towards Reliable Metrics to Harmonise Learning Assessment Data Globally

On the day that the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) released new global numbers of children and adolescents not learning, representatives from regional and international learning assessments gathered in Hamburg, Germany.

UIS Data Show the Importance of the Culture Sector in the Workforce

The UIS has released new internationally-comparable cultural employment statistics. The collection includes 195 indicators offering a comprehensive perspective of cultural industries in 73 countries and territories. 

The release includes data for the reference year 2015 and detailed metadata for each indicator as well as country-level information.

6 Out of 10 Children and Adolescents Are Not Learning a Minimum in Reading and Math

New data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics show that 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. The figure signals “a learning crisis” according to the UIS, which could threaten progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

New Data Reveal a Learning Crisis that Threatens Development Around the World

New data released today by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show that 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not reaching minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. This signals a learning crisis that could threaten progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Advancing the Agenda on Monitoring Learning Globally

In its efforts to develop methodologies and data reporting for Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), the UIS is inviting technical experts from regional and international learning assessment organizations to a Second Meeting of Cross-National Assessments. Hosted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), the meeting is convened in Hamburg, Germany from 21 to 22 September 2017.

How Do We Develop Education Indicators? Read our New Paper

A new methodological paper explains the process undertaken by UIS experts to produce internationally-comparable education indicators. Entitled “UIS Indicator Development in the Field of Education”, the paper explains how the Institute takes measures to reduce the burden on survey respondents by using existing mechanisms and outlines the steps taken to produce new indicators.

Building a True Picture of Lifelong Learning

New data on learning are steadily coming on-stream, helping us to gauge the extent to which children and youth, in school and out, are learning acquiring the skills they need to build their lives. This week at the UKFIET (The Education and Development Forum) Conference in London, the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) has set out progress on the development of a global approach to measure learning. The UIS presentation showed the challenges and the most feasible solutions to resolve them.