Center for Universal Education

Global Indicators

The third LMTF 1.0 recommendation proposed that a small set of indicators be tracked in all countries to measure fundamental learning opportunities over a child’s educational career. Seven areas of measurement (see below) were proposed based on an extensive review of existing measures and an effort to address all domains of learning while still presenting a framework that is feasible for all countries. Some indicators within these areas of measurement currently exist, while others need to be developed. Countries will need to debate, prioritize and take action to determine precisely what they will measure in relation to their specific goals and needs.

Technical work is now needed to develop the indicators under each of these areas of measurement (to different degrees of readiness for implementation) within the next two years. LMTF partners are collaborating within the Global Indicators Working Group to undertake this technical work, with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) serving as working group chair.


The fifth LMTF 1.0 recommendation called on actors to collect and use assessment data with a specific focus to ensure equitable learning opportunities (shaped by a range of factors such as school conditions, teacher quality, etc.) and to reduce disparities in learning outcomes, particularly within countries. Accordingly a set of partners with the LMTF Global Indicators Working Group is collaborating to recommend new and useful ways in which to present learning outcomes data to reflect key equity characteristics (e.g. gender, location, socio-economic status), and will ensure that equity cuts across each of the indicators being developed for global tracking.

For more information about the ongoing technical work and the partners involved, please contact Maya Prince at the UIS: m.prince (at) unesco (dot) org