Assessment GEMS

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Computer literacy, Information literacy, Digital literacy, Digital technology, Year 8, International studies, International comparisons, Policy formation, Large scale assessment


Assessment GEMs no.15


The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) measures international differences in students’ computer and information literacy and computational thinking. It is commissioned by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). ICILS aims to answer the question – how well are students prepared for study, work, and life in a digital world? It investigates students’ ability to use computers to investigate, create and communicate information to participate at home, school, the workplace and the community . Additionally, ICILS investigates to what extent, and how, computer technologies are used by students and teachers, along with their associated attitudes. ICILS enables countries to monitor their own national targets regarding students’ digital competences, as well as enabling them to compare their performance with other countries. Ultimately, the study provides information to policy-makers so that they can improve computer and information literacy.

Place of Publication

Camberwell, Australia


Australian Council for Educational Research