The data revolution
in education. Information Paper N. 39
March 2017 . UNESCO Institute for Statistics .
The Agenda for Sustainable Development and Education 2030 present an ambitious new policy vision
for the international education community. This vision places new demands on countries, especially
producers and users of education data. For Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, “inclusive and
equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all,” the main challenge for
countries is to measure and monitor targets that are characterised by their broad scope, the thematic
focus on quality and equity, and the need to enhance national institutional and technical capacities.
The production and dissemination of high quality education statistics is essential for effective
planning, as well as for monitoring progress towards national and global education targets. For SDG 4,
it is necessary to rely on a combination of data from administrative records, household surveys and