When comparing the education level and performance among countries, the media tends to like to use the PISA test. Are there any education tests other than PISA that compare educational performance among countries?

I don't mind, if exists, in higher education level or specific industries. If they could compare the education among countries.

  • There are a few as seen in this Wikipedia article under Education and innovation.
    – Panda
    Jun 21, 2017 at 15:07
  • @Panda Do you want to put it as an answer?
    – SHY.John
    Jun 21, 2017 at 15:15
  • Sure, I've elaborated on the notable ones in my answer.
    – Panda
    Jun 21, 2017 at 16:13
  • This question seems like a better fit for SE.Academia.
    – Nat
    Jun 22, 2017 at 4:06
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    @nat I am looking at the society side of the educational tests, Academia SE is more like discussing the academia itself.
    – SHY.John
    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:25

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There are a few other notable education performance indices.

The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) publishes the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. It's cited by The Washington Post as an example of an international test.

PIRLS provides internationally comparative data on how well children read by assessing students’ reading achievement. PIRLS collects considerable background information on how education systems provide educational opportunities to their students, as well as the factors that influence how students use these opportunities.

(emphasis mine)

Source: http://www.iea.nl/pirls

There's also the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study which is published also by IEA and it's cited as another example of an international test by The Washington Post and also by Brookings Institute and The Guardian.

TIMSS has been measuring trends in mathematics and science achievement at the fourth and eighth grades since 1995. Conducted every four years at the fourth and eighth grades, TIMSS has a quasi-longitudinal design, with the fourth grade student cohort assessed four years later at the eighth grade.

(emphasis mine)

Source: http://www.iea.nl/timss

Wikipedia has some other rankings regarding "education and innovation" but most are mainly about literacy rates.

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