Studies

This page provides a list of some regional and international large-scale assessments (ILSA) in education. The list summarizes all ILSA by name, organization and partners, year, focus, content assessed in the achievement domains, and the population of examinees.

  1. Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL)

Organization: NCES,  Statistics Canada, OVAE, IES, US Dep. Of Labour, OECD

Year: 2003 – 2008

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Literacy, Numeracy skills

Population: 16 to 65 year olds

 

2.  Early Grade Mathematics Assessment

(EGMA)

Organization: RTI International/ USAID/World Bank

Year: 2009

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics

Population: Grade 2

 

3.  Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA)

Organization: RTI International/ USAID/World Bank

Year: 2006

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Reading

Population: Grade 2

 

4.  First International Mathematics Study (FIMS)

Organization: IEA

Year: 1964

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics

Population: 13 year, pre-university students

 

5.  International Civic and Citizenship Education Study 2009

(ICCS 2009)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2009

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Civic knowledge

Population: Grade 8

 

6.  International Civic and Citizenship Education Study 2016

(ICCS 2016)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2016

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Civic knowledge

Population: Grade 8

 

7.  International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS)

Organization: OECD, Statistics Canada

Year: 1994-1998

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Literacy (processing and document), Numeracy skills

Population: 16 to 65 year olds

 

8.  International Computer and Information Literacy Study

(ICILS)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2013

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Computer and information literacy skills

Population: Grade 8

 

9.  International Development Learning Assessment

(IDELA)

Organization: Save the Children

Year: 2011

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content:

Motor development, emergent language and literacy, emergent numeracy/problem solving, social-emotional skills

Population: 3- to 6-year olds

 

10.  International Computer and Information Literacy Study

(ICILS)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2013

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Computer and information literacy skills

Population: Grade 8

 

11.  Language Education Study

(LES Phase 1)

Organization: IEA

Year: 1995

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Language

Population: 15- to 16-year olds, and 17- to 18-year olds

 

12.  Literacy Assessment Monitoring Programme

(LAMP Group 1)

Organization: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Year: 2006 – 2011

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Literacy  (reading, writing), numeracy

Population: 15 year olds and above

 

13.  Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment 2012

(PILNA 2012)

Organization: UNESCO, NEQMAP, ACER

Year: 2012

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Literacy, Numeracy

Population: Grade 4, 6

 

14.  Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment 2015

(PILNA 2015)

Organization: UNESCO, NEQMAP, ACER

Year: 2015

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Literacy, Numeracy

Population: Grade 4, 6

 

15.  Pilot Twelve-Country Study

Organization: IEA

Year: 1959 – 1961

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics

Population: 13 year olds

 

16.  Primer Estudio Internacional Comparativo (PERCE)

Organization: UNESCO

Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE)

Year: 1997

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics, Language

Population: Grade 3, 4

 

17.  Programme d’Analyse des Systèmes Educatifs de la CONFEMEN

(PASEC 1991-2010)

Organization: CONFEMEN

Year: 1991-2010

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Language of instruction, Mathematics

Population: Grade 2, 5

 

18.  Programme d’Analyse des Systèmes Educatifs de la CONFEMEN

(PASEC 2011-2012)

Organization: CONFEMEN

Year: 2011-2012

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Language of instruction, Mathematics

Population: Grade 2, 5

 

19.  Programme d’Analyse des Systèmes Educatifs de la CONFEMEN (PASEC)

(PASEC 2014)

Organization: CONFEMEN

Year: 2014

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Language of instruction, Mathematics

Population: Grade 2, 6

 

20.  Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

(PIAAC Round 1)

Organization: OECD

Year: 2008 – 2013

 Focus: Skills-based

Content:

Literacy (including Reading Components), Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments

Population: Adults (16-65)

 

21.  Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

(PIAAC Round 2)

Organization: OECD

Year: 2012 – 2016

 Focus: Skills-based

Content:

Literacy (including Reading Components), Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments

Population: Adults (16-65)

 

22.  Programme for International Student Assessment 2000

(PISA 2000)

Organization: OECD

Year: 2000

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Reading, Mathematics, Science

Population: 15 year olds

 

23.  Programme for International Student Assessment 2003

(PISA 2003)

Organization: OECD

Year: 2003

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Reading, Mathematics, Science

Population: 15 year olds

 

24.  Programme for International Student Assessment 2006

(PISA 2006)

Organization: OECD

Year: 2006

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Reading, Mathematics, Science

Population: 15 year olds

 

25.  Programme for International Student Assessment 2009

(PISA 2009)

Organization: OECD

Year: 2009

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Reading, Mathematics, Science

Population: 15 year olds

 

26.  Programme for International Student Assessment 2012

(PISA 2012)

Organization: OECD

Year: 2012

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Reading, Mathematics, Science

Population: 15 year olds

 

27.  Programme for International Student Assessment 2015

(PISA 2015)

Organization: OECD

Year: 2015

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Reading, Mathematics, Science

Population: 15 year olds

 

28.  Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2001

(PIRLS 2001)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2001

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Reading

Population: Grade 4

 

29.  Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2006

(PIRLS 2006)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2006

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Reading

Population: Grade 4

 

30.  Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2011

(PIRLS 2011)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2011

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Reading

Population: Grade 4

 

31.  Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2016

(PIRLS 2016)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2016

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Reading

Population: Grade 4

 

32.  Reading Literacy Study (RLS)

(RLS)

Organization: IEA

Year: 1990 – 1991

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Reading Literacy

Population: 9- and 14-year olds

 

33.  Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality

(SACMEQ I)

Organization: SACMEQ

Year: 1995 – 1999

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Reading Literacy

Population: Grade 6

 

34.  Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality

(SACMEQ II)

Organization: SACMEQ

Year: 2000 – 2004

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Reading Literacy, Mathematics Literacy

Population: Grade 6

 

35.  Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality

(SACMEQ III)

Organization: SACMEQ

Year: 2006 – 2011

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Reading Literacy, Mathematics Literacy

Population: Grade 6

 

36.  Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality

(SACMEQ IV)

Organization: SACMEQ

Year: 2012 – 2014

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Reading Literacy, Mathematics Literacy

Population: Grade 6

 

37.  Second International Mathematics Study

(SIMS)

Organization: IEA

Year: 1977 – 1981

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics

Population: 13 year olds

 

38.  Second International Science Study

(SISS)

Organization: IEA

Year: 1983 – 1984

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Science

Population: 13 year olds

39.  Segundo Estudio Regional Comparativo y Explicativo

(SERCE)

Organization: UNESCO

Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE)

Year: 2006

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics, Reading, Science, Writing

Population: Grade 3, 6

 

40.  Six Subject Survey

Organization: IEA

Year: 1970

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content:

Science, Literature, Reading Comprehension, French as a Foreign Language, English as a Foreign Language, Civic Education

Population: 10 – 14 year olds, final grade of secondary school

 

41.  Skills Towards Employability and Productivity

(STEP)

Organization: World Bank, Human Development Network (HDN)

Year: 2011

 Focus: Skills-based

Content: Reading

Population: 15 – 64 year olds

 

42.  Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study

(TERCE)

Organization: UNESCO

Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE)

Year: 2013

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics, Reading, Science, Writing

Population: Grade 3, 6

 

43.  Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 1995

(TIMSS 1995)

Organization: IEA

Year: 1995

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics, Science

Population: Grade 4, 8

 

44.  Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 1999

(TIMSS 1999)

Organization: IEA

Year: 1999

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics, Science

Population: Grade 8

 

45.  Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2003

(TIMSS 2003)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2003

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics, Science

Population: Grade 4, 8

 

46.  Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2007

(TIMSS 2007)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2007

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics, Science

Population: Grade 4, 8

 

47.  Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2011

(TIMSS 2011)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2011

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics, Science

Population: Grade 4, 8

 

48.  Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2015

(TIMSS 2015)

Organization: IEA

Year: 2015

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Mathematics, Science

Population: Grade 4, 8

 

49.  Written Composition Study (WCS)

Organization: IEA

Year: 1985

 Focus: Curriculum-based

Content: Composition

Population:

students near the end of primary schooling, students near the end of compulsory schooling, and students near the end of academic secondary school