The Gateway

Facilitating access to international large-scale assessments (ILSAs)

The ILSA Gateway provides easy access not only to IEA studies but also to major ILSAs conducted by other organizations, including, but not limited to, the Conference of the Ministers of Education of French-Speaking Countries (CONFEMEN), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ), and the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

The Gateway does not replicate other efforts but is organized as an overarching service that provides comprehensive information about all ILSAs in a standardized format and links to content available on study websites. A simple search facility makes it easier and faster to source documentation and data related to the studies on the Gateway and external websites, and the news section and events calendar are designed to facilitate international collaboration.

The Gateway was created to meet the needs of researchers, policymakers, and decision-makers, as well as officials and staff members from intergovernmental, international nongovernmental, and civil society organizations. It aspires to enhance the exchange of knowledge, to encourage secondary analyses of data, and to strengthen communication within the ILSA community.

ILSAs have been selected for inclusion on the Gateway according to clear, measurable criteria; these are described within the website and enable site users to evaluate the quality of each study and its data. Within the IEA, the Research and Analysis Unit has overall responsibility for the development, maintenance, and promotion of the Gateway.