A Partnership for a Global Public Good: Data to Improve Learning

With 617 million children and adolescents worldwide unable to read a simple sentence or handle a basic math calculation, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has embarked on an invitiative to link existing international, regional and national assessments to fill a critical data gap on learning during the early grades of education. 

Data to Nurture Learning

More children than ever are in school, but are they receiving a quality education? According to the latest SDG 4 Data Digest by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, about 617 million children and adolescents cannot read proficiently or do basic math, and two-thirds of them are sitting in a classroom. Are children gaining the skills they need for lifelong learning? The latest Digest presents how governments can measure learning outcomes using existing tools to produce internationally-comparable data. Data to change policies. Data to nurture learning.

Measuring and Reporting on SDG 4 and Beyond: Lessons from the Innovations in Global Learning Metrics Symposium

The recent symposium Innovations in Global Learning Metrics: A Focused Debate among Users, Producers and Researchers, hosted by Arizona State University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education (CASGE), brought together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss how to more effectively use global learning metrics for education policymaking.

Focus on our SDG 4 Data Digest Partners: Early Childhood Education and the Offord Centre for Child Studies

The recent edition of the SDG 4 Data Digest illustrates the range of partners working alongside the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to help countries produce and use assessment data to strengthen lifelong learning. This blog highlights one of these vital partners: the Offord Centre for Child Studies, and specifically Professor Magdalena Janus, who brought years of expertise to the Digest’s analysis on early childhood development (ECD). Here, Magdalena shares her thoughts on the critical importance of measuring early learning.

Focus on our SDG 4 Data Digest Partners: The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement

The new edition of the SDG 4 Data Digest illustrates the range of partners working alongside the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to help countries produce and use assessment data to strengthen lifelong learning.

Data for Lifelong Learning

Globally 617 million – or six out of ten – children and adolescents are unable to read a simple sentence or handle a basic mathematics calculation, according to data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). To address the global learning crisis, robust monitoring is needed to track whether children and adults are gaining the skills they need to thrive in today’s world. This video presents the tools developed by the UIS to measure learning and how to use the data to improve learning outcomes.