As governments pursue United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all, they need effective ways of tracking equity in access to education and in learning. A recent blog post by Ben Alcott, Pauline Rose, Ricardo Sabates and Rodrigo Torres published by the United Nations Institute for Statistics and the Global Partnership for Education outlines three steps to help policymakers measure equity in national education planning.
The three steps are as follows: 1. Gather data on an expanded range of disadvantage, including children’s socioeconomic situation, disability, geographic, ethnic and linguistics characteristics, as well as their gender; 2) expand the coverage of data collection; and 3) focus explicitly on the most disadvantaged children from the earliest years. For further information, read the full article.