Large-scale assessments in education have become a well-established means of providing researchers and policymakers with high-quality data. However, the generation of accurate data relies on rigorous implementation of standardized procedures for data collection, and complex methodologies requiring sound knowledge of correct data analysis and data interpretation practices.
IEA is committed to providing professional development workshops, support, and training to researchers who are engaged in analyzing and interpreting the results of large-scale assessments in education. We provide these training opportunities in three main ways: IEA workshops, IERI academies, and workshops on demand.
Our dedicated workshops offer you, your organization, or research team opportunities to develop and extend your knowledge and skills in analyzing and interpreting large-scale assessment data.
Workshops cover a large variety of topics and are adapted to cater to various audiences and to respond to the latest research questions and capabilities. All of our workshops are conducted by either experienced IEA staff or renowned external experts.
Each workshop combines lectures and tutorials on methodology with opportunities for participants to apply and practice what they have learned. Instructors give advice and feedback to participants, and encourage exchange and collaboration among them. Every participant that completes one of our workshops will receive a certificate.
Our workshops topics include:
- Fundamentals of the design, implementation, and interpretation of large-scale assessments
- Statistical methods for working with large-scale assessment data (both basic and advanced analyses)
- Developing and enhancing skills in large-scale assessment survey design and implementation
- Writing academic papers and thematic reports based on large-scale assessment data
- Interpreting and dissemination findings from large-scale assessments for non-academic audiences
The IERI Institute is a collaboration between IEA and the Research & Development Division at ETS that focuses on improving the science of large-scale assessments. IERI undertakes research activities that address issues in a wide range of large-scale assessments, not just those conducted by IEA.
Through the IERI Academy, IEA is involved with organizing and conducting training in specialized topics related to large-scale assessments.
For an overview of upcoming workshops and training opportunities, please visit the IERI website.
In addition to our regular schedules of workshops at IEA, external conferences, and through the IERI Academy, we also provide tailored workshops designed to meet your organization's requirements. Our experts will work with you to design a program and schedule that fits your institution or research team's needs. This activity is part of IEA's commitment to help build research skills capacity amongst stakeholders who want or need to participate in national or international assessments focused on monitoring educational outcomes.
IEA has developed a special statistical software tool, the IDB Analyzer, which can be used to correctly analyze large-scale assessment data including TIMSS, PIRLS, PISA, and other international assessments. The tool is free to download.
Our video tutorials explain how to use the software.
This video tutorial explains how to download, install and start the IEA’s IDB Analyzer; the main functions and features of the IEA’s IDB Analyzer and some additional considerations when working with large-scale assessment data.
This video tutorial demonstrates how to use the IEA's IDB Analyzer to compute Pearson correlation coefficients
This tutorial explains how to use the IEA's IDB Analyzer to compute percentiles of a distribution.
This tutorial explains how to use the IEA's IDB Analyzer to compute percentages and means
This tutorial demonstrates how to use the IEA's IDB Analyzer to work with logistic regression.
This tutorial demonstrates how to use the IEA's IDB Analyzer to work with linear regression.
This tutorial explains how to use the IEA's IDB Analyzer to work with benchmarks of student achievement.
Our staff members contribute to a wide variety of international conferences and meetings about educational research. The video clips below are from a series of IEA lectures presented at meetings hosted by the Educational Research Institute in Poland (IBE). Please visit our events page for more information about our upcoming meetings and activities.
A presentation by Andres Sandoval-Hernandez, IEA.
A 2014 presentation by Sabine Meinck, IEA.
A 2015 lecture by Agnes Stancel-Piątak, IEA
A 2015 lecture by Agnes Stancel-Piątak, IEA
A 2015 lecture by Plamen Mirazchiyski, IEA