UNESCO developed the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) to facilitate comparisons of education statistics and indicators across countries on the basis of uniform and internationally agreed definitions. In 2011, a revision to ISCED was formally adopted by UNESCO Member States, taking into account significant changes in education systems worldwide since the last ISCED revision in 1997. The first data collection based on the new classification will begin in 2014. The UIS is working closely with Member States and partner organizations (such as OECD and Eurostat) to map education systems to the new classification and revise collection instruments.
Data for ISCED 1997 are still available on our page devoted to ISCED 1997 mappings
ISCED Fields of Education and Training: During the ISCED 2011 review, UNESCO Member States agreed that the fields of education should be examined in a separate process. This review is now underway with the view to establishing an independent but related classification called the ISCED Fields of Education and Training. A panel of experts led by the UIS has developed a draft classification. A global consultation on the draft will take place in early 2013.