International Assessments


The Connecticut State Department of Education, in partnership with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), coordinates the participation of Connecticut schools in various international education studies. Typically, international assessments yield results for the United States that are comparable to participating countries around the world. In some instances, state-level results are available for Connecticut.

International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS)

ICILS is a computer-based international assessment of eighth-grade students' computer and information literacy skills. Learn More

International Early Learning Study (IELS)

IELS is a play- based assessment of five-year-olds' emerging numeracy, literacy, self-regulation, and social emotional skills. Learn More

Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

PISA measures 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy every three years. PISA also includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as collaborative problem solving and financial literacy. Learn More

Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

PIRLS documents worldwide trends in the reading knowledge of 4th-graders as well as school and teacher practices related to instruction. Learn More

Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)

TALIS is a study of teachers, teaching, and learning environments. It is unique in that teachers and principals provide their perspectives on the state of education in their own countries, allowing for a global view of teachers and the education systems in which they work. Learn More

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

TIMSS provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of Grade 4 and Grade 8 students around the world. In addition, TIMSS Advanced measures advanced mathematics and physics achievement in the final year of secondary school across participating countries. Learn More