International data on education are available through a variety of sources. This data can be used for research and to inform policy reform. International data allows sociologists to better understand education and its relation to societies around the world. Policymakers also use international data. Examination of international data can indentify processes and attributes of high-performing education systems, allowing one education system to learn from another. International data enable countries to gauge their system's performance over time or in comparison to other countries. Many international organizations collect data related to education. The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) is a group of research institutions. IEA coordinates international comparative studies of education, such as TIMMS and PIRLS. IEA produces reports on each cycle of ...

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