IEA's member institutions are associated with a long research tradition in education and educational assessment.
As an independent, international cooperative, IEA draws on the collective strength of nearly 70 members worldwide, most of whom represent a national system of education. The members of IEA include research institutes, universities, and ministries of education.
To join IEA as an institutional member, a national institute or agency needs to be associated with a strong research tradition and have links to educational researchers, practitioners, national policy-makers, and research funding agencies.
In addition to designating a representative to the IEA General Assembly, member institutions are responsible for:
- implementing IEA studies within their countries
- raising funds for national project costs and international coordination
- disseminating findings from IEA studies to a broad audience of government officials, policy-makers, researchers, and educators.
The association also includes a small number of individual honorary members, whose election is based on their contributions to the work of IEA over many years.