IELS 2018 Fact Sheet
- 2017 (March to April): item trial
- 2017 (October to December): field test
- 2018 (October to December): main study
- 2019 (January) to 2020 (March): analysis and reporting
The purpose of the study is to provide countries with a common language and framework, encompassing a collection of robust empirical information and in-depth insights on children’s learning development at a critical age.
- How well are children developing the skills they need, for their well-being and ongoing positive outcomes?
- To what extent are children developing a sound balance of cognitive and social-emotional skills?
- How much variation is there in children’s outcomes?
- How are different groups of children faring, such as
- Boys versus girls?
- Children from different socio-economic backgrounds?
- Children from migrant families?
- Children who speak a home language that is different from that spoken in their ECEC center or school?
- What factors are positively or negatively associated with children’s early learning and development?
- Cognitive skills
- Emergent literacy
- Emergent numeracy
- Social-emotional skills
- Individual characteristics of each child
- Home environments
- Early childhood education and care (ECEC) experiences
- Use of digital devices
England, Estonia, United States
5-year-old children in regulated ECEC settings or in school, their parents, and (for every child) the staff member who knows the child best.
- Per country: 200-220 officially registered ECEC centers or schools
- Across the three countries, almost 7000 children and more than 5.000 parents participated in the study. Almost 6500 staff questionnaires were completed.
Direct child assessment: via tablet
- Visual and audio materials
- Day 1
- Emergent Literacy
- Self-Regulation - Inhibition
- Self-Regulation - Working memory
- Self-Regulation - Mental flexibility
- Day 2
- Emergent Numeracy
- Empathy - Emotion Identification
- Empathy - Emotion Attribution
Indirect assessment: online (or paper-based, if requested)
- Parent questionnaire
- ECEC staff or teacher questionnaire
OECD Early Childhood Education and Care
2 rue André Pascal
75775 Paris Cedex 16