LaNA. Literacy and Numeracy Assessment

Overview of LaNA

LaNA brings together, in a unique framework, internationally comparable data demonstrating strengths and weaknesses in literacy and numeracy achievement, and reveals the characteristics of successful students and schools. As a short basic assessment at the end of primary school, LaNA is intended for countries where the IEA’s Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (TIMSS and PIRLS) may be too difficult to implement. For developing education systems who participate in LaNA, the study can serve as a stepping stone for participation in future IEA TIMSS and PIRLS cycles.

The IEA design aims to provide educators with valuable experience in standardized assessment, implementation of the assessment procedures, and capacity building in planning and administering assessments, and reporting outcomes. A great advantage is that the numeracy achievement will be linked to the TIMSS and TIMSS Numeracy assessments conducted in 2015, while the literacy achievement will be linked to the PIRLS and PIRLS Literacy assessments conducted in 2016. The participating education systems will thus obtain international comparisons of their numeracy and literacy achievement with countries from all over the world.

The study concept was recently successfully implemented as the Haitian National Evaluation and Pilot Assessment 2016, working in close association with the Haitian Ministry of National Education. For a detailed description of this work, see our 2016 newsletter.

Target population

To link to IEA TIMSS and PIRLS, the LaNA framework was devised for the fourth grade. However, if the curriculum at the fifth or sixth grade is more consistent with the assessment objectives for a particular education system, then assessing a higher grade is also possible.


The IEA has created LaNA for developing education systems, in collaboration with the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, United States. The IEA welcomes potential partners and donors interested in helping emerging economies to implement capacity building in education.

For more information about LaNA, please consult this leaflet.