The 2008 Global Education Digest (GED) presents a wide range of education indicators to assess progress towards Education for All and Millennium Development Goals. These cross-nationally comparable indicators also provide benchmarks for the performance of national education systems.
The Digest provides data for the school year ending in 2006 or the latest year available as well as data for 2007 for a number of countries. It has been expanded considerably over previous editions and now includes data tables from the UOE data collection and the World Education Indicators (WEI) programme, which are comparable across a group of 63 countries, including those that are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat. In addition, this edition presents the revised series of historical education data from 1970 onwards for 15 indicators related to primary and secondary education.
The Digest also presents an insider's view of how UIS data are collected, processed and reported. This guide introduces readers to the diverse frameworks and steps involved in producing data that can be compared internationally to promote evidence-based decision-making at the national and international levels.