Since the late 1980s, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has coordinated the United States' participation in international studies. These include the large-scale surveys comparing early childhood learning, student performance, teacher training and teaching, as well as adult skills.
International Studies Brochure (144 KB)
The main purposes of international comparisons are to:
Over the past 30 years, the United States has expanded its participation in international studies to include comparisons of early childhood learning, "K-12" student performance, teacher training and practices, and adult skills in the domains of reading, mathematics, science, civics, financial literacy, problem solving, and computer and information literacy.
The following figure identifies the target age groups and subject areas or "domains" of the comparative international studies that NCES currently conducts in the United States.
International Studies' Subject Areas Across the Lifespan