The International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) grew out of an International planning conference held in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A. on April 19-21, 1974.Some 35 individuals representing 18 countries met on that occasion to consider the desirability and feasibility of establishing an organisation to foster intercommunication among agencies throughout the world which are concerned with the application of assessment techniques for the improvement of educational processes and to provide a framework within which such agencies could undertake cooperative projects. It was decided that the Association, if established, would fill an important need and that an effort should be made to bring it into being.
On May 27, 1975 an organising meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland, with logistic assistance from the International Bureau of Education, and the participants then decided to set up the Association. The Association believes that international cooperation in educational research and assessment is essential if education throughout the world is to be improved and if its benefits are to be extended to increasing numbers of people. It encourages the establishment of closer ties among individuals, agencies, and institutions who influence and serve educational systems and processes, to the end that nations may learn fromeach other, may help each other, and may do so with no diminution of their cultural autonomy.
Constitutions and Bylaws were adopted and officers and executive committee members were elected and in 1976 the IAEA held its first conference. Since then IAEA has grown and developed and now has about 160 members ranging from Individuals, Primary and Affiliate Organisations. An Executive Committee whose officers and members are elected by the Primary Organisation members governs IAEA, ensuring a wide geographic range is represented on the committee.
The International Association for Educational Assessment offers a global forum for all those involved in all forms of educational assessment – in primary or secondary schools, colleges or the workplace. Its members include examining bodies, university departments, research organisations and government agencies from more than 50 countries on all continents.
The broad purpose of IAEA is to assist educational agencies in the development and appropriate application of educational assessment techniques to improve the quality of education. IAEA believes that this is best achieved through international cooperation and seeks to facilitate the development of closer ties among relevant agencies and individuals around the world. IAEA believes that such international cooperation can help nations learn from each other without any diminution of their cultural autonomy.
Its primary objectives are:
- to improve communication among organizations involved in educational assessment by sharing professional expertise through conferences and publications, and by providing a framework within which cooperative research, training, and projects involving educational assessment can be undertaken.
- to make expertise in assessment techniques more readily available for the solution of educational problems.
- to cooperate with other agencies having complementary interests.
- to engage in other activities for the improvement of assessment techniques and their appropriate use by educational agencies around the world.
IAEA has consultative status with UNESCO in the achievement of mutual goals. As a non-governmental organisation (NGO), IAEA plays an active part in UNESCO activities which are increasingly addressing assessment and evaluation issues.
More information about IAEA and details of how to join are contained in the Membership Handbook.
Tan Lay Choo