Global learning crisis
It is well documented that there is a global learning crisis, especially among the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
children, adolescents and youth are unable to access formal education.
children and adolescents aren’t achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and maths.
primary school students in East and Southeast Asia doesn’t meet minimum proficiency levels in reading and maths.
Drawing on global standards and experience, ACER works alongside national governments and agencies, and actively participates in programs, to ensure that education reform is responding to policy priorities and local needs.
Committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Our work supports global efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Our international priorities
Getting the foundations right in the early years
A child’s education from birth to eight years is fundamental to their future development. Our work centres on ensuring that all children – no matter their background – have access to quality education that supports them to become lifelong learners.
Improving teaching and learning
In order to improve student learning, support for teachers is critical. Working with partner governments, we use evidence to design policies and systems that enhance teaching and professional learning so that teachers can improve what is happening in their classrooms.
Building better systems to support student learning
We are focused on the use of student learning results to address the equity challenge. We gather the evidence needed to improve education systems and work alongside partners to design and implement student assessment systems at a regional, national and school level.
Working alongside partners
ACER is a recognised partner in all areas of large-scale assessment for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Asia-Pacific region and we are an official partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
- Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)
- Asian Development Bank (ADB)
- Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
- British Council
- Department for International Development (DFID)
- Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
- Network for Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP)
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Pacific Educational Quality Assessment Programme (EQAP)
- People's Action for Learning Network (PAL Network)
- Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
- Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- World Bank
Our staff have decades of experience developing and implementing research projects in low- and middle-income countries.
Discover more about our work in developing contexts
Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Centre
We work collaboratively with global, regional and national stakeholders to enable education systems to measure where learners are at and monitor their progress.
Join us and make a difference
Register as an ACER Associate
ACER invites professional partnerships with international researchers and consultants with expertise in a range of education quality improvement related areas.
Working with ACER
Want to become part of a team of committed professionals who are experts in their fields and work collaboratively across Australian and international projects?