The ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) is an international standard classification which has been developed and issued by UNESCO. This educational classification is an internationally recognized standard for the naming and recognition of different levels of school education to enable their comparison in a similar manner among specific states (as every state has a different educational system with different designations).
The first version of the ISCED standard was developed in 1976. Currently, the ISCED classification has 7 levels (ISCED 0 to ISCED 6),which may be further subdivided from A to C. The current version of the classification standard is ISCED 2011.
The basic overview of education levels according ISCED is as follows:
- ISCED 0 - Pre-primary education (no education)
- ISCED 1 - Primary education
- ISCED 2 - Lower secondary education
- 2A - level from which advancement to a higher level of education is possible
- 2B - preparatory level aimed at labor market
- 2C - level aimed at labor market
- ISCED 3 - Upper secondary education
- 3A - level from which advancement to a higher level of education is possible
- 3B - preparatory level aimed at labor market
- 3C - level aimed at labor market
- ISCED 4 - Post-secondary non-tertiary education
- 4A - level from which advancement to a higher level of education is possible
- 4B - practice-oriented study
- ISCED 5 - First level of tertiary education
- 5A - level from which advancement to a higher level of education is possible
- 5B - practice-oriented study
- ISCED 6 - Second level of tertiary education
What is ISCED classification in practice for?
The ISCED schedule finds its application mostly in statistics, involving the processsing of educational statistics both on an individual national as well as on a global level.
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