Since it was established in 2013, the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Centre has been committed to defining, measuring and understanding learning to support the monitoring and improvement of education worldwide.

The goal of the GEM Centre is to improve learning by ensuring that education policies, practices and investments are influenced by high-quality evidence. Working closely with global, regional and national education stakeholders, the GEM Centre provides technical support to enable monitoring of progress towards SDG4 by 2030.

GEM Centre Partnership

The GEM Centre is a long-term, strategic partnership between ACER and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The partnership builds on ACER’s expertise in assessment design and implementation, and experience working in low- and middle-income countries globally, and on DFAT’s extensive experience in promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth, stability and poverty reduction in the Indo-Pacific region.

In 2020, ACER and DFAT committed to a third phase of the GEM Centre partnership, and from 2020 to 2023 it is underpinned by three strategic priorities.

  • To build high-quality evidence, tools and methods to support effective policies, practices and investments.
  • To effectively communicate with, and influence global, regional and national education stakeholders to use high-quality evidence.
  • To develop the sustainable capacity of education stakeholders by increasing their understanding, use and promotion of evidence-based approaches to learning.

Through its Pathways to Impact  and working collaboratively with stakeholders, the GEM Centre enables education systems to measure where learners are at, monitor their progress, and analyse evidence of how best to support learning, to help improve the quality of education for children around the world.