5 September 2011
Item 5.5 of the provisional agenda
REVISION OF THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD
CLASSIFICATION OF EDUCATION (ISCED)
Source: 34 C/Resolution 20
Background: The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) is a
framework which allows for the standardized reporting of a wide range of policy-
relevant education statistics according to an internationally agreed set of common
definitions and concepts thus ensuring cross-national comparability of resulting
indicators. The General Conference adopted 34 C/Resolution 20, at its 34th session
inviting the Director-General to initiate a review and revision of the 1997 version of
the ISCED taking account of changes in education policies and structures over the
preceding decade. An interim progress report was presented to the General
Conference at its 35th session. Regular reports have also been submitted to the
Committee on Conventions and Recommendations of the Executive Board.
Purpose: To submit to the General Conference, for approval, the revised
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED 2011).
Decision required: paragraph 6.