At least 250 million children of primary school-age are failing to learn the basics

The 2012 GMR (pp. 124-126) argues that “around 250 million children either fail to make it to grade 4 or do not reach the minimum level of learning”. One of the central messages made in the Report in developing this estimate is the need to focus more attention on improving data in order to get a better understanding of learning deficits worldwide. This note explains the steps taken to reach this estimate.