International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement
The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
|Motto: The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) is an independent, international cooperative of national research institutions and governmental research agencies|
|-||Executive Director||Dr. Hans Wagemaker|
|-||IEA Chair||Anne-Berit Kavli|
|-||Head of the International Field of Work||Dirk Hastedt|
|-||Head of the National Field of Work||Heiko Sibbens|
|-||Head of the Research and Analysis Unit||Dr. Andrés Sandoval-Hernández|
The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) is an association of national research institutions and government research agencies related to education. The IEA is an independent organization. It was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Amsterdam. Many policy-making decisions made in the field of education are influenced by IEA studies.
The focus of the IEA is to conduct research studies of student performance in basic subjects such as math, science, and reading. The IEA studies measure performance between students of different countries and whether certain policies in a particular educational system cause positive or negative effects on learning.
Through its comparative research and assessment projects, IEA aims to:
- Provide international benchmarks that may assist policy-makers in identifying the comparative strength and weaknesses of their educational systems
- Provide high-quality data that will increase policy-makers’ understanding of key school- and non-school-based factors that influence teaching and learning
- Provide high-quality data which will serve as a resource for identifying areas of concern and action, and for preparing and evaluating educational reforms
- Develop and improve educational systems’ capacity to engage in national strategies for educational monitoring and improvement
- Contribute to development of the world-wide community of researchers in educational evaluation
Since its inception in 1958, the IEA has conducted more than 23 research studies of cross-national achievement. The regular cycle of studies encompasses learning in basic school subjects. Examples are
- the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 1995, TIMSS 1999, TIMSS 2003, TIMSS 2007), and
- the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS 2001, PIRLS 2006).
IEA projects also include studies of particular interest to IEA members, such as
- the TIMSS-R Video Study of Classroom Practices,
- the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS),
- the Information Technology in Education Study(SITES-M1, SITES-M2, SITES 2006),
- a pre-primary education study (PPP).
In 2005 IEA initiated also its first study in tertiary education:
IEA studies are an important data source for those working to enhance students’ learning at the international, national and local levels. By reporting on a wide range of topics and subject matters, the studies contribute to a deep understanding of educational processes within individual countries, and across a broad international context. In addition, the cycle of studies provides countries with an opportunity to measure progress in educational achievement in mathematics, science and reading comprehension. The cycle of studies also enables monitoring of changes in the implementation of educational policy and identification of new issues relevant to reform efforts.
Aims, methodology, and interpretation of IEA studies have been often criticised, most famously by Hans Freudenthal, a Dutch mathematician and researcher in math education. He pointed to problems with enrollment rates, the unsolved translation problem, the lack of curricular validity, the overinterpretation of numerical outcomes, "Kafkaesque" confusion in the documentation and in the underlying decisions, dogmatic rejection of criticism.
- Six Subject Study (1971)
- H. Freudenthal: Pupils achievements internationally compared — the IEA. Educational Studies in Mathematics 6, 127–186. Summarized according to J. Wuttke: PISA & Co A Critical Online Bibliography http://www.messen-und-deuten.de/Pisa/biblio.htm.
- The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement
- The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. ERIC Digest
- Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
- Progress in International Reading Literacy Study
- International Civic and Citizenship Education Study
- Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics
- Second Information Technology in Education Study 2006