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Indicator 4.6.1 Proportion of population in a given age group achieving at least a fixed level of proficiency in functional (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills, by sex

Proportion of entries at GCSE level English and Mathematics achieving a pass grade

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Source: Department for Education (DfE)

Geographical Area: England

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: The academic year runs September to August. The date on the X axis is the start of the academic year

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Proportion of entries at GCSE level English and Mathematics achieving a pass grade

Indicator description
Geographical coverage

England

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

The fixed level of proficiency is the benchmark of basic knowledge in a domain (literacy or numeracy) measured through learning assessments. Currently, there are no common standards validated by the international community or countries. The indicator shows data published by each of the agencies and organizations specialised in cross-national learning assessments.

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Calculations

Proportion of youth and adults who have achieved above the minimum threshold of proficiency as defined for large-scale (sample representative) adult literacy assessment.

Other information

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of population in a given age group achieving at least a fixed level of proficiency in functional (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills, by sex

Target name

By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Education and Scientific Cultural Organisation - Institute of Statistics (UNESCO-UIS)

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Source 1

Organisation

Department for Education (DfE)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2010

Geographical coverage

England

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Release date

17/10/2019

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

https://www.gov.uk/contact-dfe

Other information

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2015

Geographical coverage

England

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Release date

14/07/2017

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

https://www.gov.uk/contact-dfe

Other information