IEA policy brief series

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


Latest publications
Uses TIMSS data to offer insights on how teacher quality and instructional quality influence student outcomes in mathematics across countries, grades and time

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.

Events & news  

IEA Policy Brief: September 2016

Using data from TIMSS 2011, our latest policy brief investigates whether different teaching strategies and methodologies used by 8th grade mathematics and science teachers have an impact on the academic performance of their students.

Announcement: The IEA Research for Education Series

We are delighted to announce that the second book in our new thematic series is now available for download!

Interview Dirk Hastedt

Interview featuring our Executive Director, Dirk Hastedt, on the use of international educational assessments. (La Nacion, August  16 2016)

Conference Alert - CIES

Inaugural symposium of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) on 10-11 November, 2016.

The 7th IEA International Research Conference

The call for proposals is now open! Visit our conference webpage to find out more about the venue, dates, submission requirements and other relevant information.

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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