Global Efforts to Improve Measuring Learning Outcomes

Sustainable Development Goal 4 is focused on education and calls for measuring the quality of learning in primary and lower secondary education. This is an arduous task, as measuring learning is enormously difficult and has never been done on a global scale.

To address this, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and its partners at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNICEF, and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) have developed approaches to support countries to cost effectively and robustly measure learning outcomes in reading and mathematics, across contexts, including those with limited resources or existing learning data.

The work responds to demand from countries to have more support to generate cost effective and comparable information on learning. This was performed in close consultation with local and international experts steeped in the science of reading, numeracy and assessments, along with academics and decision makers involved in national and cross-national learning assessment initiatives.

This site serves as a hub for decision makers, local stakeholders, and other education advocates to access this emerging set of methodologies and tools to link international and national assessments to one another and to SDG 4 targets.

Please visit here to read more about the “Measure What Matters” initiative.

Bill & Melinda Gates Fondatiion, GPE, UKAID, UNICEF, UNESCO, The World Bank