Identifying disability-inclusive indicators currently employed to monitor and evaluate education in the pacific island countries

Umesh Sharma, Chris Forlin, Beth Sprunt, Laisiasa Merumeru

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Fourteen member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum have adopted The Pacific Education Development Framework as a means of improving quality of education across the region. Within this framework, special education and inclusive education are seen as priority areas that endorse a rights-based approach to education. Aligned with other Pacific regional advances for improving the measurement of the effectiveness of this Framework, is the development of a set of indicators to measure efforts towards disability-inclusive education specifically in the Pacific islands. The aim of this study is to identify existing measures that governments currently employ to report against education outcomes. Data were collected by written responses from relevant ministries in the 14 Pacific member countries to a set of questions specifically developed to address this aim. This paper provides an analysis of these surveys and discusses how these data are informing the development of the indicators to ensure the provision of quality education for children with disabilities in the Pacific islands.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1170754
Pages (from-to)1 - 17
Number of pages17
JournalCogent Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Disability
  • Disability-inclusive education
  • Indicators
  • Pacific islands

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