International assessments are used to monitor the performance of Australian students compared with students in other countries.
The international computer and information literacy study (ICILS) measures and analyses year 8 computer and information literacy levels. It looks at the contexts in which students develop this literacy. It shows how well students are prepared for study, work and life in the information age, and how their performance compares with students in other participating countries.
The results from ICILS will be used by governments and policy-makers to improve students’ computer and information literacy.
The programme for international student assessment (PISA) enables countries to compare how their students are performing on a set of common tasks compared to students in other countries.
The trends in international mathematics and science study (TIMSS) helps participating countries to monitor and evaluate their mathematics and science teaching and learning across time and year levels.
The assessment is conducted every 4 years by students in years 4 and 8.
The progress in international reading literacy study (PIRLS) is a large-scale assessment designed to inform educational policy and practice by providing an international perspective of teaching and learning in reading literacy at year 4 level.
PIRLS is conducted every 5 years for year 4 students.
National Assessment Program directorate
Phone: 1800 316 777
Email: education.naplanonline [at] sa.gov.au