The International Affairs Office coordinates the U.S. Department of Education's international efforts and advises the Secretary, Under Secretary, and other U.S. Department of Education officials on international matters that may affect U.S. education and/or Department policy. The International Affairs site provides important links to the many international education projects and activities in which the Department of Education is involved.
The Institute for International Education (IIE) provides a variety of exchange programs and projects between the United States and other countries. The IIE also produces an annual report, Open Doors, that provides data on U.S. students studying abroad and international students studying in the United States.
The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) is an independent, international organization of national research institutions and government research agencies. The IEA coordinates international comparative studies that focus on educational policies and practices to enhance learning across and within education systems. Such studies include the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental organization composed of 32 member countries, including the United States, with Slovenia and Chile recently joining as well. The OECD provides a forum through which governments can compare and coordinate economic and social policy. The OECD sponsors the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), and the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL), the predecessor to PIAAC.
The United Kingdom’s National Foundation for Educational Research provides another source in English for international data on education.