Civics and Citizenship Assessment

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This report was published by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).

Three partner institutions, in co-operation with the IEA Secretariat, are responsible for this report. They are the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), as lead institution, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) in the United Kingdom, and the Laboratorio di Pedagogia sperimentale (LPS) at the Roma Tre University in Italy.



The aim of ICCS is to report on student achievement on a test of conceptual knowledge and understandings in civic and citizenship education. It also intends to collect and analyze data about student dispositions and attitudes relating to civic and citizenship education. This publication contains the ICCS assessment framework, which provides the blueprint for the assessment of the outcomes of civic and citizenship education. An important feature of ICCS is the establishment of regional modules. Regional modules compromise groups of countries from the same geographic region that together administer additional instruments to assess region-specific aspects of civic and citizenship education. Three regional modules have been implemented as part of ICCS for participating countries in the regions of Europe, Latin America, and Asia respectively. The following instruments are administered as part of the ICCS survey: an international cognitive student test; a student questionnaire; a regional student instrument; a teacher questionnaire; a school questionnaire; and an online national contexts survey. The assessment framework provides a conceptual underpinning for the international instrumentation for ICCS and has also been a point of reference for the development of regional instruments.