Monitoring of both performance and progress is an essential part of the European Union’s education and training policies, assessing strengths and weaknesses and guiding future strategy.
Under Education and Training 2020, four strategic objectives have been agreed and a number of EU benchmarks have been set, of which two – concerning early school leaving and tertiary educational attainment – have been taken up by Europe 2020 as headline targets. These benchmarks offer insight and help to gauge Member States' progress in relation to education and training policy goals.
Benchmarks (3) and (4) together form a headline target of the Europe 2020 strategy. An eighth benchmark, covering foreign language skills and based on the European Language Competence Survey, is currently being developed, with a view of an adoption by the Council in the first semester 2013.
Read the latest Education Monitor (November 2012) and a short summary of average trends across the EU towards the five benchmarks for 2020.
The European Council and the Commission publish a joint report on the overall situation every two years. Using data from both the progress reports and national reports, this takes a more strategic view, assessing developments across national education systems and delivering a series of key messages.
Find the latest joint reports as well as the Member States' underlying national reports.