International assessments are important from a national perspective to ensure our long-term economic competitiveness. The educational success of other nations can provide potential guidance for decision-making in the United States and in Kansas. Policy makers look at high-performing systems to identify ways to improve. At this time, a few Kansas students participate in international assessments. Unfortunately, as a state, we do not have enough participation to receive state results.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) supports a variety of activities to provide statistical data for cross-national comparisons of education. Kansas students participate in the Trends in International mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). A complete list of international assessments is available at The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).