Statistics Iceland has issued a new standard for the classification of educational attainment, ÍSMENNT2011. The standard is based on the international standard classification of education, ISCED-2011, while taking into account the education attained by Icelandic students from early 20th century.
As in the international standard, the new classification standard, ÍSMENNT2011, divides attained education into nine levels—numbered 0 to 8—with six of the levels further subdivided. In all, educational attainment is classified into 31 educational classes. Statistics Iceland will use ÍSMENNT2011 for its own purposes; inviting others to avail themselves of the new standard should they wish.
|Table 1. Educational attainment levels in ÍSMENNT2011|
|Level||Label||No of classes|
|0||Less than primary education||1|
|2||Lower secondary education||8|
|3||Upper secondary education||8|
|4||Post-secondary non-tertiary education||5|
|5||Short-cycle tertiary education||2|
|6||Bachelor’s or equivalent level||3|
|7||Master’s or equivalent level||2|
|8||Doctoral or equivalent level||1|
|*Not a defined group, but included for convenience.|
ÍSMENNT2011 - Statistical Series