Following the calls of the UN Secretary-General in 2014 to embrace ‘a culture of shared responsibility’ based on ‘benchmarking for progress’ and the Education 2030 Framework for Action in 2015 to establish ‘appropriate intermediate benchmarks’ to monitor progress in education, countries commited to set national benchmarks for seven selected indicators for 2025 and 2030.

The Technical Cooperation Group on SDG 4 indicators (TCG) played a major role in helping countries fulfil this long-neglected commitment by working very closely with them. The TCG identified the benchmark indicators, set regional benchmark values in collaboration with regional organizations, proposed minimum and feasible national benchmark values and offered assistance to countries throughout the process. The TCG developed methodologies as well as capacities at the national level, and offered an array of resources (benchmark templates, publications, websites and workshops).

Find out more about the TCG decisions related to the benchmarking process