IEA policy brief series

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


Latest publications

The revised IEA Style Guide (Second Edition) is designed to support IEA authors through the process of preparing materials for IEA publications. 

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

The IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study international report

Second edition with a further set of released items in Supplement 5

Foundation for the TIMSS Advanced 2015 mathematics and physics assessments

Events & news  

Vacancy announcement: Public Outreach Officer

Applications are due by 9 February 2016. Please see the position description for details.

Announcement: Fifty Years of Experiences and Memories

We are delighted to announce that our history IEA 1958-2008: 50 Years of Experiences and Memories, edited by C. Papanastasiou, T. Plomp, & E. Papanastasiou, is now available as a free download!

Call for Proposals

The IEA invites proposals for a thematic report based on secondary analysis of IEA data.

IEA Policy Brief: December 2015

Using 2011 PIRLS data, this brief this brief aims to explore whether parents’ positive reading attitudes and behaviors are “contagious."

Announcement: Upcoming RISE Webinar

In December, IEA Director Dirk Hastedt will be presenting key findings from ICILS 2013 at an AIR webinar, focusing on what the USA can learn from the 21 countries that participated.

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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