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Secondary Education Regional Information Base: Links


UNESCO Paris (Headquarters) –Secondary Education

UNESCO focuses on enhancing quality and ensuring coherence by promoting the reform of secondary education systems, and more specifically the redesign of content and methods, to meet the needs of the 21st century.

Like UNESCO Bangkok -Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Regional Bureaus for Education in different parts of the world undertake programmes that respond to the specific needs of its member states. The following links direct you to a page on secondary education in each office.

International Bureau of Education (IBE)

IBE specializes in content, methods and structure of education and functions as a field-oriented institute supporting the UNESCO aim of quality Education for All.  The online knowledge base consists of a wide range of specialized resources, including databases, national reports, studies, working papers as well as educational documentation services.

International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)

IIEP is an international centre for advanced training and research in the field of educational planning. The Institute aims to contribute to the development of education throughout the world, by expanding both knowledge and the supply of competent professionals in the field of educational planning.

UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC)

As a specialized centre for TVET, UNESCO-UNEVOC assists UNESCO’s 193 member states strengthen and upgrade their TVET systems. From the UNEVOC International Library of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, you can access a series of publications that provide comprehensive information about many cutting-edge aspects of TVET including the secondary-level TVE.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

UIS provides a wide range of policy-relevant, timely, and reliable statistics in the field of education, science and technology, culture and communication. In addition to a series of publications, UIS produces an online database that allows you to access raw data and build your own statistical tables with information collected from more than 200 countries and international organizations.


OECD Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA)

PISA is an internationally standardized assessment that was jointly developed by participating countries and has been administered every three years to students nearing the end of basic education (15-year olds). In all cycles, the domains of reading, mathematical and scientific literacy are covered, and surveys with a specific thematic focus are conducted to students and schools along with the tests. The website makes available the results of each test in the form of publications as well as a database for professional researchers.

IEA Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

TIMSS is an internationally comparative assessment dedicated to improving teaching and learning in mathematics and science for students around the world. Carried out every four years, TIMSS provides data about trends in mathematics and science achievement of fourth and eighth grade students over time. It also collects extensive background information that addresses concerns about the quantity, quality, and content of instruction. A series of publications analyzing the results of each test as well as raw datasets are accessible online.

World Bank –Secondary Education

Over the past two decades the Bank has advocated lending for secondary education mainly in countries that have already achieved universal access to primary schooling.  The website features a key publication produced by the Bank on secondary education as well as information on its special regional programme in Africa.