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Introduction to Education Statistics and Indicators
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Course Theme:Growth and Competitiveness
Sub-Theme:Education
Course Format:Facilitated
Language:English
Time Commitment:4-5 hours per week for 5 weeks
Amount:US $ 0 (course is free of charge)
Contact Name:Danielle M. Carbonneau
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March 03, 2014 - April 04, 2014
Application Ends On : February 17, 2014
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This five-week e-learning course will sharpen participants’ knowledge and skills so they can become more effective and informed data consumers. The ten modules in this course cover topics, such as measurement, graphs, frequency and continuous distributions, dispersion and central tendency, statistical relationships, correlation and commonly used education indicators.

The course aims to strengthen participants’ abilities to understand and use basic statistical concepts and tools so they can make wise policy choices to improve planning and delivery of educational services. This course makes information presented in educational research, school/district reports, survey/opinion polls or financial briefs more accessible to those involved in the design and implementation of educational reform. After completing the course, participants will be conversant in the basic statistical tools needed to understand and write evidence-based education policy documents that rely on data and statistics.

This course is highly participatory and stimulates critical thinking and reflection as participants apply the skills and concepts to both the course exercises and their daily work in the education sector. Since the course is actively facilitated, participants are expected to contribute to the online discussion and complete all the quizzes for each module and cluster. The course should take no more than 20-25 hours over five weeks, or approximately 4-5 hours per week. All participants who complete these requirements will receive a certificate of participation from the World Bank Institute.


Target Audience:

People who are involved in education reform and who have the opportunity to influence or contribute to important policy decisions throughout the reform process, such as:

  • Heads of the programs and departments in the education, finance, and planning ministires, at the national, federal and regional levels
  • Academic, research and professional development institutions in education
  • Program managers of NGOs involved in the development and implementation of national education policies
  • Staff of the World Bank, international and bilateral agencies, and the broader education development community