The first stop for education data
From pre-primary school enrolment to tertiary graduation rates, the UIS is the leading
source for international education statistics. Covering more than 200 countries
and territories, the
UIS database covers all education levels and addresses key policy issues
such as gender parity, teachers and financing.
The UIS does not just produce data – we analyze our indicators in order to provide the information needed for effective policymaking. The UIS produces a series of analytical publications, such as the annual Global Education Digest, regional reports, as well as thematic reports on education finance, for example. The UIS is also the main source of education data for leading reports and databases, such as the:
... and many others.
The UIS also develops new indicators to monitor emerging issues in education policymaking. For example, there has been dramatic expansion and diversification of secondary education systems around the world. To help governments monitor the effects of these changes, the UIS has devised a methodology to track the number of out-of-school adolescents. This type of methodological work entails close consultation with a wide range of governments and international partners. Examples include global projections on the demand for and supply of teachers, as well as a series of indicators to track the flows, origins and destinations of internationally mobile tertiary students.
The UIS has launched its annual survey of formal education
The 2016 Survey of Formal Education covers key data for the school year ending in 2015 required for the monitoring of international and national education goals
Global Out-of-School Children Initative (OOSCI) Operational Manual
The operational manual presents the Initiative's methodology and the shared experience of more than two dozen countries from seven regions that have conducted national out-of-school children studies.
Results of the 2015 UIS education survey now available
The current data release covers core education indicators necessary for decisionmaking and monitoring, and extends the set of indicators conforming to the revised classification of education levels (ISCED 2011).
A global alliance to monitor learning
UIS Director, Silvia Montoya, outlines the goals of the Global Alliance for Learning, which brings together a range stakeholders in the international education community to ensure that quality data are used to track progress and formulate policies to improve the learning outcomes of all.
Tracking national learning assessments
The UIS has launched a new database providing comprehensive information on public examinations as well as national assessments undertaken around the world.
UIS database of learning assessments: An open resource for all
In a blog post on the IIEP Learning Portal, UIS director, Silvia Montoya, explains how the UIS Assessment Database and Catalogue contribute to understanding the array of tools countries use to measure learning.
A data revolution for Education 2030
Jordan Naidoo, Director of Education at UNESCO, and Sylvia Montoya, Director of the UIS, call for a data-driven mechanism to ensure that every effort and dollar are targeted to transform the promise of quality education for all into reality.
Are poorer pupils doomed to fail?
With income inequality on the rise in both developed and developing countries, sound public policy and targeted interventions can help even out the playing field for all children, argues Silvia Montoya, Director of the UIS, in a new post on the World Economic Forum “Agenda” blog
Education 2030 indicators
The Technical Advisory Group has released a new paper presenting the indicators in the Framework for Action for Education 2030. It is based on meetings with Member States, civil society organizations and a consultation with stakeholders.
Consultation on the measurement of learning outcomes
The new Sustainable Development Goals call for a global commitment to education and learning for all. How will this measured? To gain insight, the UIS is conducting an online consultation on the most feasible approaches to measuring learning outcomes nationally and globally. Have your say.
Detailed Descriptions of ISCED Fields of Education and Training
The UIS has released a companion to the 2013 ISCED Fields of Education and Training which provides standardised descriptions of a broad range of fields of study.
Roadmap to better data on education financing
To meet the new global pledge of 12 years of education for all, more funds will be necessary; and more data will be needed to track investment and spending. A new UIS study outlines how to improve the collection and compilation of education finance data.
Governments must take urgent action to address chronic teacher shortages
Writing for World Teachers' Day on 5 October 2015, David Edwards, deputy general secretary of Education International, and Silvia Montoya, director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, explain why the world's governments have to fund education and fully qualified teachers.
Education 2030 Indicators
The UIS is working with partners to recommend a range of indicators to monitor the post-2015 education goals.
A global initiative to provide the data on the number of children excluded from education.
Gender & Education
The UIS produces indicators disaggregated by sex to measure the progress of girls and women in education.
Consult UIS data on the characteristics, training and working conditions of teachers around the world.
A special project to improve the quality of these data in sub-Saharan Africa.
Tracking trends in tertiary education at the global, regional and national levels.
Regional Data Collections
To better meet the rising demand for data, the UIS works with regional partners to develop new indicators and data collections designed to support programme design and policy making to improve the quality of education.
Complete information on the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED).
Global Education Digest
Each year the UIS publishes the Global Education Digest presenting the latest education statistics worldwide.
Explore the latest data on Gender, Teachers and Out-of-school children in maps, graphs and ranking tables.
Build your own statistical tables using the UIS database.
Interactive data products to explore critical findings on global education.
Statistical overviews of key education issues.
Definitions and translations of statistical terms and indicators.