Mission and Strategy

IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement) is an international cooperative of national research institutions, government research agencies, scholars, and analysts working to evaluate, understand, and improve education worldwide. We are a nonprofit and independent organization. More than 60 countries are actively involved in the IEA network, and over 100 education systems participate in our studies.

Since 1958, IEA has measured students' mastery of subjects such as mathematics, science, and reading; conducted assessments on civic and citizenship education; investigated students' computer and information literacy; and researched early childhood and teacher education. We aim to help our members understand effective practices in education and develop evidence-based policies to improve education. Our comparative studies of education systems across the world enable better understanding of the policies and practices that foster educational progress and play a critical role in helping nations build their own knowledge and research capacity. 

By linking research, policy, and practice, and measuring how well our education systems are preparing children for the future, our association contributes toward a more educated world.

IEA Activities
Overview of IEA activities
Overview of IEA activities (based on operational expenditure, 2017)

Our activities cover all aspects of educational research. Based on operational expenses, the largest portion of our work focuses on IEA studies (TIMSS, PIRLS, ICCS & ICILS). We have also implemented studies in Germany for more than 20 years, we work with a wide range of partner organizations to implement additional international studies and we provide training opportunities and services for researchers

IEA Guidelines for Cooperation

IEA studies are developed cooperatively by all participants, to ensure they are curriculum based.

IEA seeks to create an inclusive, collaborative, and respectful community environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, language spoken, national origin, and/or religion. IEA does not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery are not appropriate in any interactions with participants in IEA activities.

All attendees of events organized by IEA or IEA Study Centers should feel safe and welcomed by their fellow participants, and be treated with mutual respect within an atmosphere of collegiality and equality. IEA is committed to diversity and the free expression of ideas in pursuit of a common goal of researching education to improve learning.