IEA policy brief series

Each issue connects findings from IEA studies to current education policy questions.


Latest publications
This report provides an overview of ECE policy strategies (from birth to the start of primary schooling) in eight countries.

The ICCS 2016 assessment framework provides a conceptual underpinning to the measurement of antecedents, processes, and outcomes of civic and citizenship education undertaken in the second cycle of this study.

Offers insights on how parental involvement and parental help with homework affect student reading literacy across countries and cultures

Provides a comprehensive account of the conceptual, methodological, and analytical implementation of the study.

The IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study international report

Events & news  

Announcement: 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME13)

Sabine Meinck, Oliver Neuschmidt and Milena Taneva from IEA Hamburg will be conducting two workshops on the use of educational large-scale assessment data for research on mathematics didactics during ICME13.

Conference Alert: 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training

IEA Executive Director, Dr Dirk Hastedt and Director of the IEA Secretariat, Dr Paulína Koršňáková will be attending the event.

Reviewing CIES 2016

The spring issue of CIES Perspectives reviews this year's 60th annual CIES Conference held in Vancouver, Canada, with a special feature on IEA honorary member, Jack Schwille.

ICCS 2019 Extended

In collaboration with UNESCO, ICCS 2019 is launched to help countries monitor progress toward the new sustainable development goals (SDG), especially target 4.7. ICCS 2019 will build on the main cycle of the ICCS 2016, extending the country and thematic coverage of this well-established trend study.

Conference alert: EdTechXEurope 2016

Dr Dirk Hastedt, Executive Director of the IEA, together with other experts and influencers, will discuss and examine the future of assessment, as part of EdTechXEurope 2016.

IEA studies


TIMSS 2015 and PIRLS 2016, which are in their sixth and fourth cycles, respectively, are part of IEA's regular series of international assessments in mathematics, science, and reading.


This cycle of studies allows countries to monitor changes in educational achievement in basic school subjects over time. In the new cycles both studies have added new assessment opportunities to their core, including TIMSS Numeracy, TIMSS Advanced, PIRLS Literacy, and ePIRLS.


IEA studies focus on student achievement and the factors related to it. They provide high quality data for evidence-based educational policy and reform. Other ongoing IEA studies cover a range of topics and subject matters: ICCS 2016 (civic and citizenship education), ICILS 2018 (computer and information literacy), and ECES (early childhood education).


ICCS 2016 will investigate how young people around the world are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens, and will report on trends in civic knowledge and engagement since 2009. ICILS 2018 builds on a tradition of IEA surveys and features an innovative, computer-based student assessment of computer and information literacy. ECES aims to explore, describe, and analyze early childhood education provision and its role in preparing children for school and lifelong learning.


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