According to UNICEF, A quality education is defined by five elements: the learner's outside experiences, learning environment, content of education, learning processes, and education outcomes. Learners must be healthy, well-nourished and supported by their families and communities. The learning environment should be safe, healthy and stimulating. Appropriate education content is relevant to the learner and presented in a well-managed classroom. Learning outcomes should meet promote participation in society.
All five of the factors must be present for learners to receive a quality education. To measure the quality of education, outcomes are examined. Learners' academic achievements should match their age and grade level and meet national standards.
In 2014, the Detroit News proposed several steps to help children in Michigan get a quality education. These steps can be applied to any state or school district. The Detroit News states that each child needs to learn to read at their grade level and graduate from high school prepared for college or a career. All schools should be funded equally. Parents and students should have access to a grading system for schools that is based upon data and is easy to comprehend. Schools should be required to meet high standards, and those that do not meet high standards should be closed.