Alberta works with organizations like the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) to administer studies assessing Alberta student performance and abilities.
A key objective of Alberta’s education system is ensuring that Alberta students receive a high-quality education and develop knowledge, skills and competencies that will help them succeed in an increasingly global and interconnected world.
Participation in international studies provides Alberta with reliable and internationally comparable information to evaluate Alberta's education system. The information collected in international studies is an important tool to monitor the quality of Alberta’s education system, and can be used to evaluate Alberta’s curriculum and other policies and programs.
These studies fill important knowledge gaps in areas in which Alberta would otherwise not have information.
The number of countries participating in these studies continues to grow. This is an indication that the value of international studies and data is widely recognized.
The ministry carefully considers each decision to participate in a pan-Canadian or international study to ensure each study is an appropriate use of research funding, educator/student time and other system resources.