Using ISCED to Compare Education Systems

This report presents diagrams of country education structures based on the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED). Using ISCED to Compare Education Systems provides diagrams for 177 countries enabling readers to visualize education systems categorized by ISCED in a way that allows for fast and easy comparisons. The report guides readers through ISCED by offering definitions for each ISCED level, an explanation on how the diagrams were created from country mappings, along with ISCED governance structure and challenges and recommendations. This is followed by a global analysis of ISCED, which considers how the education systems of how the regions compare in the context of the 2030 Agenda. Then, in-depth analyses of the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa provide detailed snapshots of regional education systems by key features in each region. An Annex includes diagrams from countries that are members of the OECD and/or the European Union.

The report aims to give government policymakers, national statistical offices, international organizations and academia an understanding of ISCED and its importance in helping countries meet their SDG 4 commitments by providing a framework for organizing education systems in a way that allows for cross-national comparability.

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Past Publications:

ISCED 2011 Operational Manual En | Fr |Sp
ISCED 2011 Classification Ar | Ch | En | Fr | Ru |Sp
ISCED Fields of Education and Training 2013 Ar | Ch | En | Fr | Ru | Sp

ISCED Fields of Education and Training 2013: Detailed Field Descriptions

ISCED 1997