Ten years of IERI

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Ten years of IERI

This year, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) are celebrating 10 years since joining forces to form the IEA-ETS Research Institute (IERI www.ierinstitute.org). It has been a productive and valuable decade of collaboration between these two stalwarts of educational measurement, whose mutual goal is to nurture and promote improved research into the science of large-scale assessment in education.

Devoted to building understanding and research capacity around the world, IERI has hosted 29 IERI academies on specialized topics related to large-scale assessment, and delivered an additional 20 training courses as part of larger professional conferences, as well as helping countless researchers navigate their way through the many various international large-scale assessment databases and their associated methodology. To date, over 750 researchers have benefited from IERI’s flagship academies; the next one takes place in Hamburg in September 2017.

The IERI journal, Large-Scale Assessments in Education (www.largescaleassessmentsineducation.com), which grew from the IERI monograph series, is another increasingly successful joint initiative, devoted to contributing to the science of large-scale assessments, helping disseminate state-of-the-art information about empirical research using these databases, and making the results available to policymakers and researchers around the world. This open-access journal allows authors to retain the copyright of their articles, leaving them free to reproduce and disseminate their work, and authors also benefit from no article processing charges.

IERI recently celebrated this 10th anniversary by hosting a reception during the AERA meeting in San Antonio. A second celebratory reception will also be held during the ECER meeting In Copenhagen, Denmark, later this year.

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