Assessment GEMS

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Civics, Citizenship education, International studies, Monitoring (assessment), Knowledge level, Cognitive skills, Year 8


Assessment GEMs no.17


The International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) identifies and monitors students’ knowledge, attitudes and activities related to civic and citizenship education. The study is grounded in core themes in civic and citizenship education such as young people’s understanding of civic principles and institutions, their knowledge of how to engage in civil society, exercise critical judgment, and their understanding and appreciation of the rights and responsibilities of a citizen. In addition, ICCS embraces concrete themes that have become of increasing importance in the twenty-first century, such as global citizenship, environmental sustainability, the use of new social media for civic engagement, digital citizenship, migration, and diversity. Furthermore, ICCS can be used to monitor progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Target 4.7.4 – the percentage of students by age group (or education level) showing adequate understanding of issues relating to global citizenship and sustainability. It is directed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). A consortium of institutions administers ICCS: the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) serves as the international study center, with the Laboratorio di Pedagogia Sperimentale (LPS) at Roma Tre University and LUMSA University (from 2022) in Rome acting as associate research center.

Place of Publication

Camberwell, Australia


Australian Council for Educational Research