The System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results (SABER) was launched by the World Bank. SABER was an evidence-based program that helped countries systematically examine and strengthen the performance of their education system to improve economic development. Through SABER-Standards, the project identified how improving student learning standards contributed to improved student learning outcomes, the conditions and policy goals that allow for standards-based education systems to become established and thrive, and a set of indicators that effectively measure a country’s progress towards standards-based education.
A series of desk reviews were developed titled "What Matters Most for Learning Standards." The research was based around key policy goals that are important for learning standards and identified key drivers and indicators for implementing learning standards. The desk reviews and case studies were conducted for the following countries: Bihar, India, Chile, Jordan, Namibia, and New Zealand.