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[Summary] Accountability in Education: Meeting Our Commitments: Global Education Monitoring Report Summary, 2017/8
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2017 | 59 p.
Corporate author: 
UNESCO
Region: 
Global

This summary of the 2017/8 GEM Report shows the entire array of approaches to accountability in education. It ranges from countries unused to the concept, where violations of the right to education go unchallenged, to countries where accountability has become an end in itself instead of a means to inclusive, equitable and high-quality education and lifelong learning for all.
The report emphasizes that education is a shared responsibility. While governments have primary responsibility, all actors – schools, teachers, parents, students, international organizations, private sector providers, civil society and the media – have a role in improving education systems. The report emphasizes the importance of transparency and availability of information but urges caution in how data are used. It makes the case for avoiding accountability systems with a disproportionate focus on narrowly defined results and punitive sanctions. In an era of multiple accountability tools, the report provides clear evidence on those that are working and those that are not.

Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Theme: 
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Media and Information Literacy
International understanding / Globalisation / International education / Interdependency
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Level of education: 
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Primary education
Secondary education
Higher education
Lifelong learning
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Keyword

Education for sustainable development; Global education; Educational accountability
Educational statistics; SDG 4; Global Education Monitoring Report