Welcome to the latest edition of our online newsletter, IEA Updates, which highlights recent IEA developments from the past few months.
News from IEA
Save the date!
Presentation of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019 international report and results will take place virtually on December 8 at 10:00am CET. Registration for this event opens in November. 
Change in International Study Center
Following discussions with colleagues at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the decision has been made by IEA’s Standing Committee to appoint IEA as the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) International Study Center moving forward. Read more here
IEA and its partners ACER, AIR, cApStAn, and RAND Europe were selected to implement all four cores of OECD TALIS 2024. We congratulate all colleagues involved on this team effort and look forward to the work on this vital global survey of teachers. Read more here.
21CS MAP Informational Session
IEA will be hosting a virtual informational session on November 4 for countries interested in participating in IEA’s 21st Century Skills Mapping study (21CS MAP), to which all IEA members are invited. For more information about the event, please reach out to: m.govaerts@iea.nl 
Rise in COVID-19 infections
As numbers of cases around the world continue to rise, IEA Hamburg and Amsterdam continue to observe and respond according to local recommended measures, including an extended COVID-19 hygiene plan for the Hamburg office. While many colleagues still work remotely, we are ensuring that all projects and studies continue to run as smoothly as possible.
IEA Insider 2020
Released annually at IEA's General Assembly meeting, our IEA Insider publication contains highlights about IEA studies, national and international projects, services, publications, organizational updates, and more!
Call for submissions
IEA has put out a new call for submissions, inviting authors to submit their proposals for a new volume of the IEA Research for Education series based on IEA’s ICILS data. More about the call here
Study Updates
  • We look forward to welcoming interested countries to the upcoming 21CS MAP Informational Session in November. The updated 21CS MAP introductory package, including the revised study timeline, is now available here
  • Julian Fraillon, who has been the study director of ICILS since its inception, for both previous cycles (ICILS 2013 and ICILS 2018), will be joining the transition of ICILS to IEA and will continue in his role as study director for ICILS 2023 at IEA. The invitation for the National Research Coordinator (NRC) meeting, which will take place virtually in November 2020, has been sent out. We are delighted to have had a large number of European countries confirming their participation as a result of the European Commission funding support. 
  • Preparations for the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2021 are in full swing. After a successful virtual Data Management Seminar attended by over one hundred participants in September, all materials including the national digitalPIRLS Players were prepared for the Southern Hemisphere countries that implement the main data collection this year, and preparations for the data collection for Northern Hemisphere countries are continuing
  • The Responses to Educational Disruption Survey (REDS) instruments have been completed for countries of the first implementation wave (Denmark, Russian Federation, Slovenia, and United Arab Emirates), and integrates some questions of OECD's PISA Global Crisis Modules. For the second implementation wave, with data collection expected in February/March 2021, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Uruguay, and Uzbekistan have confirmed their participation.
  • TIMSS 2023 participation is open for interested education systems to join and the first TIMSS 2023 NRC meeting will take place virtually in February 2021. The release of the TIMSS 2019 international report and results will take place on December 8 at 10:00am CET and has now transitioned to a virtual event, hosted by UNESCO. 
  • In the past weeks, many IEA colleagues working on German national studies were returning from short-time work as the data collection in schools for INSIDE (Inclusive Education in Lower Secondary Schools in Germany) had to be administered and the evaluation of the integration courses for the EvIk study (Evaluation of Integration Courses), which will hopefully begin in January 2021, had to be prepared. It was surprising to us how cooperative schools were in providing possible testing dates after the long school closures earlier this year. While testing for INSIDE began smoothly a few weeks ago, the majority of tests are scheduled for November and it is currently hard to anticipate how the situation will develop and what influence this will have on testing. IEA anticipates that adjustments and re-planning will be necessary.
  • Next year's IEA International Research Conference (IRC) was moved to November in the hopes of being able to meet in-person towards the end of 2021. Further information about key dates, keynote speakers, submissions, and pre-conference workshops can be found on the IRC webpage
  • IEA's first ever virtual General Assembly took place earlier this month and was a great success. We thank everyone attending for their active participation and willingness to engage in the online meeting format, which led to a collaborative and productive three days.
  • There are still some spaces available for IEA's upcoming virtual workshop, Structural Equation Modeling: Foundations and Multilevel Advancement. The deadline for registering is November 6 and more about the workshop can be found here.
New Publications
IEA's latest publications are available from our website.
Research for Education Volume 10
The latest volume of IEA's Research for Education Series, Volume 10, edited by Dr Hans Wagemaker, was released in October:
IEA Research for Education Volume 10 reviews the development of the quality control mechanisms and methodologies associated with IEA’s extensive program of educational research.
IEA Compass: Briefs in Education
The latest Compass Brief, from Dr Dirk Hastedt and Dr Thierry Rocher, was released in September:
IEA welcomes applications to translate our Compass Briefs and is pleased to announce that all published Briefs have recently been translated into Spanish by the Instituto Nacional de Evaluación Educativa and can be accessed here.
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