Sustainable Development Indicator (SDI) Group
SDI Inventory, Organized by Issue
Working Draft, Version 3, October 8, 1996
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Education Equity

Definition: Fair and impartial access to education regardless of economic or social status

Candidate SDI:

Test Scores by Economic Group (414 SDI Group)
Definition: Standardized achievement test scores organized by economic group
SDI Framework Element: Educational Services (2.1.6.4)
Element Characteristic: Number of People

Education Infrastructure

Definition: Systematic provision of a society for the transmission of knowledge, information, and technologies

Candidate SDI:

Education Funding (131 SDI Group)
Definition: Total funding for schools
SDI Framework Element: Expenditures (3.1.5)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Money Spent

Education Spending per Gross Domestic Product (237 UN CSD)
Definition: Percent of Gross Domestic product spent on education
SDI Framework Element: Expenditures (3.1.5)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Money Spent

Graduates With Jobs (440 SDI Group)
Definition: The total number of high school graduates that obtain jobs within three months of graduation
SDI Framework Element: Educational Services (2.1.6.4)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Money Spent

Lifelong Learning Communities (55 PCSD)
Definition: number of school systems and communities with programs for lifelong learning
SDI Framework Element: Educational Institutions (1.3.4.3)
Element Characteristic: Number of Schools

Primary School Enrollment (232 UN CSD)
Definition: Primary school enrollment ratio (net and gross)
SDI Framework Element: Educational Institutions (1.3.4.3)
Element Characteristic: Number of People

School Age Population Growth (231 UN CSD)
Definition: Rate of growth of school age population
SDI Framework Element: Education and Training Capacity (1.3.2.2.1)
Element Characteristic: Number of People

Secondary School Enrollment (233 UN CSD)
Definition: Secondary school enrollment ratio (net and gross)
SDI Framework Element: Educational Services (2.1.6.4)
Element Characteristic: Number of People

Student Teacher Ratio (439 SDI Group)
Definition: The total number of students (kindergarten through high school) divided by the total number of teachers
SDI Framework Element: Education and Training (3.3.2)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Money Spent

Teacher Capabilities (437 SDI Group)
Definition: The average capacity or skill level of individual teachers to instruct students
SDI Framework Element: Educational Institutions (1.3.4.3)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Money Spent

Teacher Training Capacity (438 SDI Group)
Definition: The number of trained teachers certified per year
SDI Framework Element: Educational Institutions (1.3.4.3)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Money Spent

Education Quality

Definition: The amount or quality of knowledge, information, and and skills acquired by the individual

Candidate SDI:

5th Grade Education (235 UN CSD)
Definition: Survival to grade 5 of primary education (%)
SDI Framework Element: Education and Training Capacity (1.3.2.2.1)
Element Characteristic: Number of People

Adult Literacy Rate (234 UN CSD)
Definition: Adult literacy rate (%)
SDI Framework Element: Educational Services (2.1.6.4)
Element Characteristic: Number of People

Graduation Rate (57 PCSD)
Definition: high school graduation rates and number of students going on to college or vocational training
SDI Framework Element: Educational Institutions (1.3.4.3)
Element Characteristic: Number of People

National Achievement Test Scores (56 PCSD)
Definition: standardized achievement test scores
SDI Framework Element: Educational Services (2.1.6.4)
Element Characteristic: Test Scores

Information Access

Definition: Fair and impartial access to information regardless of economic or social status

Candidate SDI:

Community Information Use (34 PCSD)
Definition: Increase in library use
SDI Framework Element: Social Institutions (1.3.4)
Element Characteristic: Number of Users

Distance to Library (395 SDI Group)
Definition: Average distance to public library
SDI Framework Element: Community (1.3.4.1)
Element Characteristic: Distance

Forest Data Users (116 USDA FS)
Definition: number of users of data published on trends in forest ecosystems
SDI Framework Element: Social Institutions (1.3.4)
Element Characteristic: Number of Users

Forest Indicators (118 USDA FS)
Definition: Total number of organizations (Federal, state, and local) developing indicators on sustainable forest management
SDI Framework Element: Governments and Legal Institutions (1.3.4.7)
Element Characteristic: Number of Groups

Forest Measurements (117 USDA FS)
Definition: capacity to measure and monitor changes in the conservation and sustainable management of forests, including scope, frequency and statistical reliability of forest inventories, assessments, monitoring and other relevant information
SDI Framework Element: Governments and Legal Institutions (1.3.4.7)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Data Collected

Internet Access (52 PCSD)
Definition: number of communities with infrastructure that allows access to government information, public
SDI Framework Element: Community (1.3.4.1)
Element Characteristic: Number of Internet Hookups

School Internet Access (349 PCSD)
Definition: Increase in percentage of schools and libraries with access to the Internet and National Information Infrastructure.
SDI Framework Element: Intellectual and Cultural Organizations (1.3.4.10)
Element Characteristic: Number of Internet Hookups