The 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 members.
The following specific features distinguish IEA studies:
1. 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.
2. 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.
IEA is organized around the General Assembly (GA), hosted each year by a different member institution to conduct IEA business. Every three years, IEA elects a Chair to
guide the association. A Standing Committee of six IEA delegates, elected by the GA, meets twice a year under the direction of the Chair to review IEA policy.
The permanent Secretariat of the IEA is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It consists of an Executive Director and a small staff.
Every IEA study, once it has been approved by the General Assembly, is overseen by an International Coordinating Center responsible to the IEA Standing Committee (SC)
and the General Assembly for carrying out all international aspects of the study. An International Steering Committee (ISC) of renowned experts, along with technical
advisers, is appointed to advise each International Coordinating Center.
The National Research Center of each educational system participating in a study is attached to the International Coordinating Center.
IEA is made up of 58 educational systems, represented by research institutions or government research agencies. However, the membership generally is considered in
terms of countries, given that only a few members are represented by more than one educational system.
To join IEA, an organization must possess a proven research tradition, have good links with policy-makers and funders and have access to schools or testing purposes.
The association also includes a small number of individual and honorary members whose election is based on their excellent contributions to the work of IEA over many years.
IEA Member Educational Systems:
Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium (Flemish), Belgium (French), Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,
England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Scotland, Singapore,
Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, United States of America
for more info about IEA contact:
IEA Headquarters in Amsterdam
1017 BT Amsterdam
fax +31 20 420 7136
IEA Web Site