Meet the SDG 4 Data: Equal Access to All Levels of Education and Training for the Most Vulnerable People

By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
This blog was also published by the Global Partnership for Education (
GPE)

Learn about the parity indices used to monitor progress towards Target 4.5, which aims to eliminate inequalities in education.

This series of blogs on the indicators for Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education has been careful not to single out any single indicator as being more important than any other. Indeed, if we are to reach SDG 4 – quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for everybody – we have to see all the indicators, from free primary schooling to the availability of qualified teachers, as indivisible.

Yet when we examine SDG Target 4.5 on eliminating disparities in education, we find ourselves at the very heart of the SDG vision. A common thread runs through every SDG goal, target and indicator. That thread is equity, backed by strong determination to ensure that nobody is left behind. SDG Target 4.5 stands squarely at the intersection between this vision and the measurement of its achievement.

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Meet the SDG 4 Data: Indicator 4.4.1 on Skills for a Digital World

By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
This blog was also published by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

SDG 4 Indicator 4.4.1 measures how many youth and adults have the right information technology skills, giving them a path to better jobs

As we unpack the data that are needed for the achievement of SDG 4 on education, we are going to dig a little deeper into the key skills that young people need in the 21st century workplace. And in this digital age, that means the ability to make good use of information and communications technology (ICT).

As I noted in an earlier blog, there are so many positives about the digital technologies that are transforming the way we live, work and learn. It’s probably fair to say that digital literacy is now an essential skill for everyone, everywhere. We all need to know how to make good use of these new technologies.

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Meet the SDG 4 Data: Preparing Children for Education

By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
This blog was cross-published by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Learn about the indicators for Target 4.2 that assess whether children are ready to learn and have participated in preschool

I’m sure we all remember our first day at primary school. Our reactions may have varied from excitement to bewilderment. Some of us jumped right into the lessons with gusto. Some of us may have hung back a little, unsure of our ground. A lot depended on how prepared we were for what was – although we didn’t realize it at the time – one of the most important days of our lives.

In the third blog of our “Meet the SDG 4 data” series, we will look at how countries can gather data on this all-important preparation for school. Such ground work is vital if children are to make the most of their education, arriving in the classroom ‘primed’ and ready to learn.   Continue reading

Meet the SDG 4 Data: Measuring How Much Children Are Learning

By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
This blog was cross-published by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Let’s review indicator 4.1.1 on learning outcomes

In the recent introduction to this series of blogs, Everything you always wanted to know about SDG 4 data indicators… but didn’t know who to ask, I flagged a dilemma facing researchers and statisticians: how to translate technical processes around indicators into comprehensible measurement?

Never an easy task – but even harder if you have not been part of the discussions in which the indicators were developed from the very beginning. Continue reading

Five Principles to Guide Measuring of Equity in Learning

By Stuart Cameron, Rachita Daga and Rachel Outhred, Oxford Policy Management*

This blog was also published by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Only a few of us may not have heard the clarion cries for equity or equality in education, with politicians and others calling for ‘equitable education’ or ‘equality of opportunity’ or ‘equal outcomes’, with such terminology often used interchangeably.

In the Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), we took a step back to look more in depth at equity and set out a conceptual framework for its measurement. Continue reading

Strengthening Citizen-Led Assessment Data

By Hannah-May Wilson, Program Manager, PAL Network Secretariat

As delegates gather for the World Bank South Asia Regional Workshop on Learning Assessment in New Delhi to share knowledge and learning on assessment practices in basic education in the South Asia region, the PAL Network of citizen-led assessment organizations spanning South Asia, Africa and Central America have just released their newly-created network-wide Data Quality Standards Framework. Continue reading

A Sound Investment: The Benefits of Large-Scale Learning Assessments

By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), and David Coleman, Senior Education Advisor at Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Head of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML)

This blog was also published by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). 

As delegates gather in New Delhi for the South Asia Regional Conference on Using Large-Scale Assessments to Improve Teaching and Learning, a new synthesis paper from the UIS makes the case for greater investment. Continue reading