International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement
(IEA) is an independent, international cooperative of research centers.
Its Mission is to conduct comparative studies that focus on educational
policies and practices to enhance learning within and across systems of
education. IEA is committed to a cycle of studies of learning in the basic
school subjects and to additional studies of particular interest to its
The following specific features distinguish IEA studies:
- They are conducted on an international and a cooperative basis. As
such, they allow researchers and policy-makers to enter into a dialogue
with and to learn from their colleagues around the world. They also
enable systems of education to view more clearly their unique cultural
situation from an international, comparative perspective.
- They focus on educational policies and practices, thereby enabling
the development of a conceptual framework that clarifies issues, suggests
appropriate methods of investigation and uses those analytic tools that
best elucidate key factors and issues related to student achievement.
IEA studies focus on student achievement in various school subjects
within a context of educational policies and practices. These actions
result in validated measures of educational outcomes and processes.