Category Archives: Literacy

The learning assessment market: pointers for countries – part 2

By Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and Luis Crouch, Senior Economist, RTI International [1] In a previous blog, we argued that the market for learning assessment is very inefficient and therefore warrants public action. As things stand: More than … Continue reading

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The learning assessment market: pointers for countries – part 1

By Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and Luis Crouch, Senior Economist, RTI International [1] Measuring learning outcomes is key to the Sustainable Development Goal for education (SDG 4). There are about a dozen indicators that measure learning … Continue reading

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It is time to upgrade the SDG 4 learning indicator for young children

By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) We are on the cusp of a new phase in the global measurement of learning. For the first time, representatives of cross-national learning assessments have agreed on a set … Continue reading

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100 million young people are still illiterate

This International Literacy Day there’s plenty to celebrate – the number of young people aged 15-24 with no literacy skills worldwide has fallen by 27% since 2000, a fact we hope to see reflected in plummeting adult literacy rates over … Continue reading

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Literacy skills gaps: how do they change over time by wealth and by gender?

While there is a focus internationally on measuring literacy and numeracy skills at age 15, as captured in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), at least two aspects are neglected in debates on learning achievement. First, literacy and … Continue reading

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Books are essential to solving the global learning crisis

By Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly, Head of Education Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children and Chair of the Global Book Alliance A new coalition of governments, international agencies, NGOs and the private sector has launched this week with the aim of closing … Continue reading

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Children taught in their mother language are more likely to develop literacy skills

Today, on International Mother Language Day, which is focused on the importance of linguistic diversity for sustainable development, it is important to remember what difference being taught in your mother tongue can make to one’s ability to learn. Choices over … Continue reading

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