At BFSS we welcome the work that is being done to shift the focus of the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals from universal access to access plus learning. We have been tracking the work of the Learning Metrics Task Force, which was convened by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Brookings Institute. The Taskforce has now reported and their recommendations for universal learning are set out in this Summary Report.
We especially welcome recognition of the need to define and measure learning broadly, across a range of learning domains that include physical well-being, social & emotional, culture & the arts, as well as literacy & communication, learning approaches & cognition, numeracy and mathematics and science & technology.
Within this context, we will continue to ask grant applicants for their plans to measure impact and outcomes and will encourage the use of assessment instruments where these are available and relevant to the particular project, in the interests of improving learning levels. We hope that the report of the Taskforce will be useful to our grant applicants and grant recipients alike.