News

We publish news and recent information for all ILSA studies, including but not limited to launches of reports, releases of data, calls for proposals, and also academic internships and job opportunities. An overview of all news can be found here, news related to a particular ILSA study can be found on the sub-pages of the respective study.

Girls consistently outperform boys in reading skills—but this could be changing

Authors Louis Volante and Francesca Borgonovi looks back into the long discussed topic of gender disparity in learning outcomes. They refer to the recent PISA studies and convey that things are changing, and the gap is closing up. However, the interesting problem is that, it is not the boys who are necessarily doing better, rather it is the performance of the girls that has declined.

AERA-NSF Grants Program

The AERA-NSF Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for both its Dissertation and Research Grants. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Program provides dissertation grants to graduate students and small research grants to doctoral level scholars using large-scale data sets in their research.

Article: Preparing the ground: early learning opportunities can make the difference

Sabine Meinck and Agnes Stancel-Piątak explain in their blog the importance of early childhood education, and the factors that encourage early childhood learning. The blog post refers to their article 'Preparing the ground: The importance of early learning activities at home for fourth grade student achievement' in which they disseminate their findings basing on data from TIMSS and PIRLS studies.

Call for papers for a Special Issue on TIMSS in the journal Studies in Educational Evaluation

In order to better understand differences between education systems’ performance, background information on non-cognitive variables such as instructional practices or students’ motivation for mathematics and science; the journal of Studies in Educational Evaluation has launched a call for papers for a special issue on TIMSS.